Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet (black Pete) were at a shopping center in Gent yesterday so we took the kids to get their picture taken with them. They had a bunch of Zwarte Petes playing Christmas music and even a Zwarte Piet drum line. It was very fun & different than the American traditions. In Holland and Belgium on December 5th (Holland) or 6th (Belgium), Children leave their shoes by the fireplace with a carrot for Sinterklaas’ horse and a shot of liquor for Sinterklaas. If the children have been good they get a small toy or candy in their shoe and if they have been naughty Piet puts them in the empty gift sac and takes them away.
|Bronwen's first snowman|