Saturday, December 6

Happy St. Nicholas Day!

Here are some facts about 6 december, taken from the Saint Nicholas centers website. The true story of the American Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to the those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. The anniversary of his death, 6. december, became a day of celebration, St. Nicholas Day. In the Netherlands this is celebrated the night before, on 5 dec. where St. Nicholas brings presents to the children with the help of his Black Pete(s). We are learning to love this tradition, noticing how fascinated the children are of both "Sinterklaas" and "Zwarte Piet". On the first picture you can see St. Nicholas in action, giving presents to the schools in the area where we live, with the help of his Black Petes.

And here is our very own little Black Pete, ore Black Petra as we call her. Here prowdly presenting the present she got from St. Nicholas during his visit to the day care.

And she wasn't afraid to sit on his lap. Many children find this very scary. Here she is showing of her selfmade hat...
...and this is what Lotte ended up doing when all presents were unwrapped...notice her feet? She always takes her socks off, cold days or warm days - drives me crazy

1 comment:

Linde said...

Love the pics! How do you make everything black & white, except the clothes of 'Sinterklaas'? Is it hard to do? I have photoshop elements 6.0...
Gr Linde ( sis from Evi)