Leave a shoe by the fireplace like they perform in The Netherlands
December 25 isn’t almost as huge of a celebration as December 5 is in The Netherlands. This is when Sinterklaas (which is where “Santa Claus” came from) brings presents for all the great children. If they’re bad, they’ll be put in a sack and eliminated to Madrid, where Sinterklaas lives, for a year to discover how to behave. According to Dutch tradition, Sinterklaas takes a trip to The Netherlands and Holland as soon as a year with his helpers called “Zwarte Pieten,” or “Black Peters.” The night before Sinterklaas gets here, kids neglect shoes and sing tunes. Some families overlook shoes every Saturday up until “Sinterklaasavond” (St. Nicholas’ Eve) to celebrate the tradition that Sinterklaas makes weekly gos to. If the children are great, they’ll awaken to a treat hiding in their shoe. Now, find out the history behind 10 Christmas traditions.