Sinterklaas is in town

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Waiting at school

Today was the day we celebrate Sinterklaas in The Netherlands.

The day started with Sinterklaas and a few Zwarte Pieten visiting Reagan's school. All the children and their parents waited outside the school for them to arrive. Some kids were dressed up as Zwarte Piet, a lot of them wore self-made hats and of course there was a lot of excitement! Suddenly a car pulled up and Sinterklaas and three Zwarte Pieten got out. The principal of the school welcomed them and then the kids started singing a typical Sinterklaas song: "Sinterklaasje kom maar binnen met uw knecht". After this all the kids, teachers and Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Pieten went inside, the parents were not allowed... Sinterklaas went around all the classrooms where all the children had prepared songs, poems and short plays.

Reagan's friend dressed up as Zwarte Piet
Reagan got to play Sinterklaas in the piece her class did! Presents were given to all the kids and then Sinterklaas moved onto the next school...

In the afternoon Reagan and I went to the swimming pool as there was a special party there for all the children doing swimming lessons. They were playing and dancing in the water, and suddenly two Zwarte Pieten arrived! Apparently they couldn't swim so they didn't get into the water but the danced and played games with the kids which was lots of fun. They got into all sorts of mischief and the kids had a great time!

At night we had organised to celebrate Sinterklaas at home. My mum and her husband joined us, travelling from Ireland to join us. My stepmother and her partner were there, and my sister, husband and son. There were lots of traditional goodies to eat: speculaas, pepernoten, marsepein, gevulde kikkers en muizen, and we started the evening with a chocolate memory game! Suddenly there was a lot of banging at the door, and when we went to see what all the noise was about the kids found two large sacks filled with presents! The excitement was almost too much.... The rest of the evening was spentunwrapping presents, reading poems, and eating and drinking. It was a fun night!

IndoMaluku says:
Yesterday evening, I was home alone, there was also banging on my door. When I opened the door there were 2 Zwarte Piet, they threw candies in my hallway and out of the big sack came a present for me :) Guess I was nice this year :D
I was curious whether the nice couple next door got any presents, but they weren't at home, I wonder where they were... ;)
Posted on: Dec 06, 2008
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Waiting at school
Waiting at school
Reagans friend dressed up as Zwar…
Reagan's friend dressed up as Zwa…
Theyre here!
They're here!
Sinterklaas
Sinterklaas
Eagerly waiting
Eagerly waiting
Sinterklaas and his Pieten
Sinterklaas and his Pieten
Saying hello
Saying hello
Pieten saying hello
Pieten saying hello
Zwarte Piet at the swimming pool r…
Zwarte Piet at the swimming pool …
Gifts in exchange for coloured in …
Gifts in exchange for coloured in…
Reagan with her gift
Reagan with her gift
Reagan shaking her booty
Reagan shaking her booty
Dancing in the water
Dancing in the water
Two Zwarte Pieten arrive
Two Zwarte Pieten arrive
Big and Little Piet
Big and Little Piet
The Pieten join in with the dancing
The Pieten join in with the dancing
Acrobats
Acrobats
The kids walking on the water
The kids walking on the water
Zwarte Piet climbing up the wall
Zwarte Piet climbing up the wall
Are they taking these kids to Spai…
Are they taking these kids to Spa…
Piet in conversation with one of t…
Piet in conversation with one of …
Pet on top of the slide looking at…
Pet on top of the slide looking a…
Piet on the slide
Piet on the slide
Piet trying on swim shorts (or is …
Piet trying on swim shorts (or is…
Piet in conversation with the swim…
Piet in conversation with the swi…
Acrobats
Acrobats
The Pieten are leaving
The Pieten are leaving
At home
At home
Yum!
Yum!
Taken by Jordan
Taken by Jordan
Reagan and one sack
Reagan and one sack
Reagan and Lucas with two sacks
Reagan and Lucas with two sacks
Reagan reading her poem
Reagan reading her poem
Harmen reading his poem and the ki…
Harmen reading his poem and the k…
The group (without me)
The group (without me)
Kids playing with one of the new t…
Kids playing with one of the new …
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