Sinterklaas: Let’s Put This into Perspective


image: sint-nicolaas.nl

image: sint-nicolaas.nl

So let me get this straight:

Sinterklaas can still be Sinterklaas.
He and his Pieten can still arrive in Amsterdam on the steamboat.
They can still have all the processions through cities and towns.
People can still come out to welcome them.
Kids can still wave at Sinterklaas and give the Pieten their drawings.
The Pieten can still hand out candy.
They can still wear the same costumes.
Everyone can still eat pepernoten,
and kruidnoten,
and taai-taai,
and suikerbeesten,
and amandelstaven,
and chocolate letters,
and marzipan,
and speculaas poppen
and drink hot chocolate.
Kids and adults can still place their shoes at school, at work, on the street and in the bars (which must be a new phenomenon).
Everyone can still sing Sinterklaas songs.
You can still have Book Piet, Music Piet, Organizer Piet, Grumpy Piet and what have you (also a new phenomenon).
Everyone can still buy Sinterklaas and Piet dolls at Xenos (didn’t have that 20 years ago, all that merchandise).
Kids and adults can still place their shoes at home on Sinterklaas Eve.
People can still exchange gifts.
Everyone can still make surprises.
A good time can still be had by all.

The only thing that would change is the color of Piet’s face and hair.

And this is how you react?

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(Welcome in the Netherlands, where all cultures are permitted except our own.)

Have you all lost your mother-loving minds?

In my next post I try the systematic approach: a list of arguments and counter-arguments.

4 responses to “Sinterklaas: Let’s Put This into Perspective

  1. You are so right, Barbara!

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  2. What a wonderful series of articles. And I truly enjoyed your perspective, Barbara.

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  3. Brilliant part 3!

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