Come everybody, come sit by the fireplace, take a cup of hot cocoa or tea and a slice of almond pastry (which is a typical thing to eat on Sinterklaas night). The icy wind howls around us but we have it warm in front of the fire and I wanted to start my very first; From the Netherlands, with love.
Yeah, there were definitely moments throughout the year that made me doubt in December if I would get any presents. So my heart pounded in my throat as someone knocked on the door, saw candy thrown in and dad come back with a bag full of gifts.
Shall I show you some of my most treasured St. Nicholas gifts:
Did you know: It were the Dutch settlers who brought St. Nicholas over to New Amsterdam - USA.
Did you know: It so happens that the legend of St. Nicholas is based on historical fact. He did actually exist. He lived from 271 A.D. to December 6th, 342 or 343. His 4th century tomb in the town of Myra, near the city of Anatolia in present-day Turkey, has even been dug up by archaeologists
Did you know: Amsterdam adopted St. Nicholas as its patron saint, and Rome decreed that December 6th, the anniversary of his death, should be his official Feast Day.
Do you really want to dig in some Sinterklaas history? Click here
*Candy gets thrown in*
I walk up to the half open door of my realm and find a sack:
*Opens bag and digs in*
*Takes out three shiny signed copies of Anna Campbell’s CAPTIVE OF SIN*
Leave a comment and contact information for those who want to have a copy send to them. I’ll pick three winners on December 12th! I hope you all enjoy your cocoa and the first; From the Netherlands, with love.