Thursday, December 6, 2007

Celebrating Sinterklaas

... Saint Nicholas, Saint Nicholas
pay us a call tonight please do
we've put hay and carrots
in each and ev'ry shoe
... Sinterklaas Songs (EN)

Celebrating Sinterklaas (EN)

In Belgium and the Netherlands,
St. Nicholas arrived on a steamship from Spain
to ride a white horse on his gift-giving rounds.
Children leave carrots and hay in their shoes for the saint's horse,
hoping St. Nicholas will exchange them for small gifts.

In the folklore and legends, Zwarte Piet (EN)
(Black Pete) is a companion of Saint Nicholas