We all know Santa but Who is Sinterklaas?
Who Is Sinterklaas
If you’re getting ready to fill your shoes with carrots or straw and set them outside, then you probably know who Sinterklaas is.
This is Sinterklaas. Does he look familiar to you?
His companion, Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) was thought to be a Turkish or Spanish Moor orphan that traveled with St. Nicholas’ as his helper.
Today, European children set out their shoes on the eve of December 6th. The shoes are filled with straw or carrots for St. Nicholas’ fine white horse, Schimmel. If the child has been good, the straw will then be replaced with small gifts, marzipan, chocolate initials and pepernoten, a delicious cookie. If they are bad….yes, a lump of coal is placed in the shoes.
For those of you who homeschool, there are several sites on Sinterklaas that feature games and coloring pages available on the web. You only have to google “Sinterklaas”. I encourage you to learn more about this Saint and perhaps set out your own shoes this Friday.