This weekend there are still lots of us Dutchies who will be celebrating Sinterklaas with our families. Most families with small kids have however welcomed Sinterklaas and his helpers, the Pieten, on the 5th of December. Sinterklaas is not to be confused with Santa Claus although there are many theories out there claiming they might actually one and the same. They both have a white beard, wear a red “costume” and give candy and presents to all kids (and adults) who have behaved well the past year.
Most Dutch people celebrate a somewhat traditional Christmas. In the Netherlands there are two official Christmas days: first Christmas day on the 25th of December and second Christmas Day (Boxing day in the UK) on the 26th. Family and friends get together, if religious they will visit their church, cook, eat and drink together, play games and enjoy each other’s company but more and more (adult) people are also exchanging gifts with one another on Christmas nowadays.
Here in the office we are all hooked on the traditional mini Sinterklaas cookies called Pepernoten (Dutch Spiced Cookies). The best ones come with a layer of chocolate. Yummmmmmm. And the best thing is: It is really easy and fun to bake them yourself!
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