Follow. When Sinterklaas and Black Peter come ashore from the boat, all of the local church bells ring in celebration. A June 2020 survey saw a drop in support for leaving the character's appearance unaltered: 47 per cent of those surveyed supported the traditional appearance, compared to 71 per cent in a similar survey held in November 2019. Santa Claus is derived from Sinterklaas. On the first Saturday of December, carry your stars in the Children’s Starlight Parade in Rhinebeck. Although promoted by the military regime in the eighties, Gudu Ppa never really caught on. His history does not date from the 4th century. Similar to Santa Claus but a more serious figure celebrated on December 5th and 6th. Some of the older Sinterklaas songs make mention of naughty children being put in Zwarte Piet's bag and being taken back to Spain. Saint Nicholas went through many transformations in America: Sinterklaas became Santa Claus, and instead of giving gifts on December 6, he became a … When he heard why they could not marry the young men of their choice, he returned to his palace and gave the Grumpus three little bags. The Dutch word kapoentje (little rascal) is traditional to the rhyme, but in this case it also alludes to a capon. Special songs and pastries are made in honor of his arrival. The first had very blonde hair, the second raven black hair, the third auburn. [16][17], The George Floyd protests and subsequent Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the Netherlands in 2020 appear to have had a significant effect on the acceptance of Zwarte Piet's traditional (blackface) appearance among the Dutch public. The STARS are a unique addition we’ve made to the Sinterklaas celebrations. Hudson Valley Community Productions. The Story of More traces the impacts of climate change through the lens of human's desire for excessive consumption. In the Dutch poem, Saint Nicholas is referred to as 'Sancta Claus'. The Dutch word was “koekje,” and meant “little cake” and koekje became “cookie” much like Sinterklaas became Santa Claus. Sinterklaas is an Old Dutch Tradition in the Hudson Valley taking place on December 5, 2020 in Rhinebeck, NY. Get enchanted with the story of how Sinterklaas became Santa Claus, performed by master storyteller Jonathan Kruk. The modern story of Sinterklaas, including Zwarte Piet’s character are attributed to Jan Schenkman, an Amsterdam-based teacher from the nineteenth century. Well that has to do with the fact that the body of this saint, was re-burried in Bari Italy, which belonged to Spain at the moment that the celebration became popular. The story of Sinterklaas~ Gacha Club~voiced. Using photographs of the Sinterklaas story, the different parts of the story are shown, from a steamboat to the typical Dutch Candy that's eaten during Sinterklaas: pepernoten. He asked the Grumpus to drop the little bags into the girls’ shoes, and an hour later they were rich. Dutch immigrants brought the legend of Saint Nicholas, known to them as Sint Nikolaas or by his nickname, Sinterklaas, to America in the 1700s. From about the 11th century until the Reformation, St. Nicholas Day was celebrated on December 6th as a day to give gifts. The Meertens Institute says the first intocht van Sinterklaas, or the arrival … [36], Originally Sinterklaas was only accompanied with one (or sometimes two) Zwarte Pieten, but just after the liberation of the Netherlands, Canadian soldiers organised a Sinterklaas party with many Zwarte Pieten, and ever since this has been the custom, each Piet normally having his own dedicated task. Sinterklaas, also known as Saint Nicholas, is dear to the hearts of Dutch children. But when RTL changed their Piet’s to an actual soot Piet all hell broke out in little Holland. Sinterklaas was described as a serious-looking older man with a long white beard, who wears a red cape, rides a white horse and carries a large red book filled with names of children who have been naughty or nice. When the Dutch came to the New World in the 1600s, they brought a fellow from folklore named Sinterklaas with them, Bowler says. Share in Facebook. See our website for full details.. Is a production of Nicholas Sinterklaas was born in the 4th century in Myra, Asia Minor, and there became a bishop. In a 2013 survey, 92 per cent of the Dutch public did not perceive Zwarte Piet as racist or associate him with slavery, and 91 per cent were opposed to altering the character's appearance. Sinterklaas-themed children's films include Winky's Horse (2005) and the sequel Where Is Winky's Horse? According to legend, Sinterklaas is very rich and lives in a castle in Spain. It is often claimed that during the American War of Independence, the inhabitants of New York City, a former Dutch colonial town (New Amsterdam), reinvented their Sinterklaas tradition, as Saint Nicholas was a symbol of the city's non-English past. These days with the arrival of Sinterklaas being televised, Sinterklaas has a Zwarte Piet for every function. [3] In Belgium, the horse is named Slecht weer vandaag, meaning "bad weather today"[4] or Mooi weer vandaag ("nice weather today"). [52], In a scene in the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street, a Dutch girl recognises Macy's department store Santa as Sinterklaas. The Havdalah Ceremony weaves together of all our community in a web of interdependence, symbolized by intertwined candles. Almost immediately the Dutch knew they had discovered something very, very good. Sinterklass is a Dutch Christmas figure based on St. Nicholas. He travels with his servant called Zwarte Piet (Black Peter). Before elves and eight tiny reindeer, St. Nicholas had a much more menacing assistant. Our revived tradition is non-denominational and all inclusive ­— everyone is invited to participate! [59], In the fourth episode of the television series The Librarians ("And Santa's Midnight Ride"), Santa (Bruce Campbell) is an "immortal avatar" who has existed in many different incarnations throughout history. The popular television series has run since 1999 and has had a number of spin-off series. Much of the first half of A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card is about the Sinterklaas tradition, including chapter 4 "Sinterklaas Eve" and 5 "Sinterklaas Day". throw [bombs] at the Krauts Also in some areas, when it is time for children to give up their pacifier, they place it into his or her shoe ("safekeeping by Sinterklaas") and it is replaced with chocolate the next morning. R.A.F. The present is often creatively disguised by being packaged in a humorous, unusual or personalised way. They converse in Dutch and sing a Sinterklaas song while she sits on his lap. Get email notification for articles from Elon Gilad Follow. Later the connection with the oranges got lost, and Spain became his home. The young, the old, the in-between ­— absolutely everyone and anyone who wants to be part of a community of hope for a joyous and peaceful world are all welcome. He was apparently assisted by the Dutch because in his pamphlet he included an old Dutch Sinterklaas poem with an English translation. With this booklet, you can answer the question "what is his horse's name?" Die rollen door de straten. To celebrate December 5, the Dutch St. Nicholas holiday, Netherlanders gather for parades … Traditionally, naughty children risked being caught by Black Pete, who carried a jute bag and willow cane for that purpose.[23]. Chocolate Letters St Nicholas Day Dutch People Going Dutch … Sinterklaas, as he is known to us today, with his loyal servant Zwarte Piet and having a steamboat plus living in Spain, was conceived by the Dutch teacher Jan Schenkman.Jan Schenkman, born in 1806, was the first to write the Sinterklaas story in its current form in a picture book, a story that consists of several books. The story of Sinterklaas and his arrival to Holland. The first cookies were created by accident. Some say he introduced the images of Sinterklaas' delivering presents by the chimney, riding over the roofs of houses on a grey horse, and arriving from Spain by steamboat, which at that time was an exciting modern invention. He is a robed, white-bearded man who visits good children on December 5 to lavish them with gifts. Then you are asked to stand again and raise your star above your heads—thus placing you, the children and the entire community in its proper place in the firmament—all of us as one and at peace under the stars. Purchase from a local store or purchase online. The shoes are filled with a poem or wish list for Sinterklaas and carrots, hay or sugar cubes for the horse on the evening of the fifth and in Belgium often a bottle of beer for Zwarte Piet and a cup of coffee for Sinterklaas are placed next to them. "[48] In a study of the "children's books, periodicals and journals" of New Amsterdam, the scholar Charles Jones did not find references to Saint Nicholas or Sinterklaas. Many of the Sinterklaas poems of this time noted the lack of food and basic necessities, and the German occupiers having taken everything of value; others expressed admiration for the Dutch Resistance. [28][29] Due to its speculative character, however, this older "Germanic" theory has little support among present-day scholars, although it continues to be popular in non-scholarly sources. Instead of such gifts being brought by Sinterklaas, family members ordinarily draw names for an event comparable to Secret Santa. It includes Sinterklaas' crossing the Hudson River and then a parade.[46]. It is a great way to stay up-to-date. He is depicted as an elderly, stately and serious man with white hair and a long, full beard. When the presents arrive, the living room is decked out with them, much as on Christmas Day in English-speaking countries. [39] In 2011, the government of Gerrit Schotte threatened to withdraw the grant for the Dutch tradition after the Curaçaoan activist Quinsy Gario was arrested, when he protested in Dordrecht against the use of Zwarte Piet. (2007). Hundreds of your neighbors, friends, and family join in an illuminated pageant through the heart of town. Elon Gilad . So the link between Sinterklaas and Spain goes through the oranges, a much appreciated treat in the 19th century. On December 5th children leave clogs or shoes out to be filled with presents. As the festival moved to city streets, it became more lively. Sinterklaas, the patron of children and sailors, finds a welcoming community in the Mid-Hudson Valley as we re-create the story through the lens of modern-day America. This year the STARS are available online and at select stores in Rhinebeck and Kingston, including on the festival days. The Dutch version of Santa Claus, Sinterklaas, and his sidekicks in blackface as “Black Pete,” arrive in 2013 by steamboat in Hoorn, northwestern Netherlands. Sophie Hoult December 2, 2014. Originally, a Greek Bishop of Myra in present day Turkey, he moved to Spain where he became the saint of sailors. Similar to Santa Claus but a more serious figure celebrated on December 5th and 6th. Since then, this iconic character has transformed into the right jolly old elf now known as Santa Claus. Schenkman introduced the song Zie ginds komt de stoomboot ("Look over yonder, the steamboat is arriving"), which is still popular in the Netherlands. On this website you will find more than a schedule to help you navigate the plethora of events and activities to be discovered in the weeks prior to, as well as the two festival days in Kingston and Rhinebeck. The Sinterklass festival honors our Dutch heritage by re-creating a celebration that the Dutch settlers brought to Rhinebeck over 300 years ago. Mounted on a white steed, a town resident dressed up as Sinterklaas (elegantly garbed in a bishop’s tall hat, red cape, shiny ring, and jeweled staff) rode through town knocking on doors late at night. The Real Story of Christmas: From Sun-worship to Sinterklaas . This theory is backed by a Dutch poem documented in 1810 in New York and provided with an English translation:[21][22]. It is the earliest source mentioning Spain in connection to Sinterklaas. The event is broadcast live on national television in the Netherlands and Belgium. Full of gifts, his horse and all the candy. When parts are skipped, the author summarizes in italics what happened. The Dutch word was “koekje,” and meant “little cake.” The Dutch brought the “koekjes” to America in the 17th century and the word became “cookie.” Much like Sinterklaas became Santa Claus. St. Nicholas made his first inroads into American popular culture … Put on the Tabard, best you can, Daar Appelen van Oranje, Since the 2010s, the traditions surrounding the holiday of Sinterklaas have been the subject of a growing number of editorials, debates, documentaries, protests and even violent clashes at festivals. He was accompanied the Grumpus. To exact payment, the innkeeper chopped them up into little bits and cooked them in a stew. Een kunsthistorisch antwoord op de vraag naar de herkomst", Some of these were collected, published in 2009 by Hinke Piersma, a researcher at the, "25 jaar geleden kwam de 1e aflevering van "Dag Sinterklaas" op tv", "Sinterklaas gedichten | Kies nu jouw leuke sinterklaasgedicht! Jeff Westover . During the Festival in Rhinebeck the book will be displayed at the Beekman Arms. … And then about Zwarte Piet. By Mac Carey. throw something in my little shoe Sinterklaas. In Schenkman's version, the medieval figures of the mock devil, which later changed to Oriental or Moorish helpers, was portrayed for the first time as black African and called Zwarte Piet (Black Peter).[31]. Over the years, new stories of the Zwarte Piet have been added, and today the helpers have developed from being rather unintelligent to a useful aide to the absent-minded Sinterklaas. In the 19th century, the saint emerged from hiding and the feast became more secularised at the same time. Bij de Moffen gooien, And you can bring your star back next year, adding to an ever-expanding universe of stars, helping to nurture a Rhinebeck tradition. Typical Sinterklaas treats traditionally include mandarin oranges, pepernoten, speculaas (sometimes filled with almond paste), banketletter (pastry filled with almond paste) or a chocolate letter (the first letter of the child's name made out of chocolate), chocolate coins, suikerbeest (animal-shaped figures made of sugary confection), and marzipan figures. Over the years, Sinterklaas’ ride turned into a Parade that still takes place every December 6 in Holland. Jan Schenkman. After the Parade the beginning of the Christian Sabbath starts with the Living Nativity at the Reformed Church. Luxembourg’s Version Is Even Worse. The children of Amsterdam are getting a new story concerning the famous figure that is Sinterklaas. The next day they find some candy or a small present in their shoes. In 1809, writer Washington Irving (a man who lived not far from Rhinebeck) created a jolly Sinterklaas for his popular Knickerbocker Tales. ‘Girls and boys,’ says the teacher. Perhaps building on the fact that Saint Nicholas historically is the patron saint of the sailors (many churches dedicated to him have been built near harbours), Schenkman could have been inspired by the Spanish customs and ideas about the saint when he portrayed him arriving via the water in his book. He would then arrive in the Nederlands on his Name Day celebration on December 6 on a boat from Spain. [citation needed]. Gooi wat in mijn schoentje, The Story of Black Peter. Maar in Holland strooien! Pintard wanted St. Nicholas to become patron saint of New York and hoped to establish a Sinterklaas tradition. From the moment that Sinterklaas arrives in the Netherlands, children can place their shoes under the chimney to receive presents. Sinterklaas then leads a procession through the town, riding a white horse. It is usually a humorous poem which often teases the recipient for well-known bad habits or other character deficiencies. That made them very sad. Gooi wat in mijn laarsje, One night, as Sinterklaas was out riding, he looked through a window and saw three lovely, sad sisters. He is depicted as an elderly, stately and serious man with white hair and a long, full beard. Before the Russian Revolution, Grandfather Frost was a favored figure of Christmas who had adopted characteristics of proto-Santas like the Dutch Sinterklaas… This part of the legend refers to the times that the Moors raided the European coasts, and as far as Iceland, to abduct the local people into slavery. De Club van Sinterklaas is a Sinterklaas-themed soap opera aimed at children. This may be done through a note that is "found", explaining where the presents are hidden, as though Zwarte Piet visited them and left a burlap sack of presents with them. Throw something in my little shoe, [35] The Royal Air Force (RAF) was often celebrated. Cooks used a small amount of cake batter to test their oven temperature before baking a large cake. He is typically depicted carrying a bag which contains candy for the children, which he tosses around, a tradition supposedly originating in the story of Saint Nicholas saving three young girls from prostitution by tossing golden coins through their window at night to pay their dowries. The Master of Ceremonies calls upon all those present to honor our children, our hope for the future, our joy of today. The second line is straight from the original rhyme, but in the third and fourth line the RAF is encouraged to drop bombs on the Moffen (slur for Germans, like "krauts" in English) and candy over the Netherlands. This project is made possible, in part, through funding from Dutchess Tourism, Inc. and administered by Speculaas are cookies made especially for Sinterklaas. Roll through the streets, all free unclaim'd [...]. Sinterklaas is the basis for the North American figure of Santa Claus. Apr 7, 2015 - Sinterklass is a Dutch Christmas figure based on St. Nicholas. In each bag was a hundred golden ducats. The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara in Asia Minor. In his 1812 revisions to A History of New York, Irving inserted a dream sequence featuring St. Nicholas soaring over treetops in a flying wagon – a creation others would later dress up as Santa Claus. In places a boat cannot reach, Sinterklaas arrives by train, horse, horse-drawn carriage or even a fire truck. The Dutch-Belgian Nickelodeon series Slot Marsepeinstein has aired since 2009. Mr.Film Official. In modern adaptations for television, Sinterklaas has developed a Zwarte Piet for every function, such as a Head Piet (Hoofdpiet), a Navigation Piet (Wegwijspiet) to navigate the steamboat from Spain to the Netherlands, a Presents Piet (Pakjespiet) to wrap all the gifts, and Acrobatic Piet to climb roofs and chimneys.[9]. In 1941, for instance, the RAF dropped boxes of candy over the occupied Netherlands. Published on 24.12.2013. According to the Dutch Sinterklaas story and traditions, Sinterklaas lives in Spain and every year he comes to Holland, where he arrives in a different city or town, so all the children get a chance of meeting Sinterklaas in real life. There is also the story of the three beautiful sisters, daughters of a poor peasant. From the moment you take possession of your star, you assume a key role in a community ritual. Sinterklaas (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌsɪntərˈklaːs]) or Sint-Nicolaas (Dutch pronunciation: [sɪnt ˈnikoːlaːs] (listen)) is a legendary figure based on Saint Nicholas, patron saint of children. Local arrivals usually take place later on the same Saturday of the national arrival, the next Sunday (the day after he arrives in the Netherlands or Belgium), or one weekend after the national arrival. Paperback. Saint Nicholas' Eve and Saint Nicholas' Day. The Sinterklaas Team. In the Hudson Valley region of New York, Sinterklaas is celebrated annually in the towns of Rhinebeck and Kingston because of the region's Dutch heritage. For several hundred years, circa 1200 to 1500, St. Nicholas was the unchallenged bringer of gifts and the toast of celebrations centered around his feast day, December 6. 10.04.2018. The saintly man … But the naughty children, as the Sinterklaas story goes, get Zwarte Piet — a dark-skinned figure who follows Sinterklaas around on his trips. He shakes hands and talks to the children while the Pieten give everyone candy. Following this national arrival, other towns celebrate their own intocht van Sinterklaas (arrival of Sinterklaas). The steamboat anchors, then Sinterklaas disembarks and parades through the streets on his horse, welcomed by children cheering and singing traditional Sinterklaas songs. Look here for some recipes that Sinterklaas recommends! Stories of Sinterklaas were likely brought to the New World by Dutch settlers in the Hudson River valley. Sinterklaas was adopted by the country’s English-speaking majority under the name Santa Claus, and his legend of a kindly old man was united with old Nordic folktales of a magician who punished naughty children and rewarded good children with presents. [44] Since 2013, the Sinterklaas feast on 5 December has been replaced by Kinderdag ("Children's Day") in Suriname. [49] Not all scholars agree with Jones' findings, which he reiterated in a book in 1978. [31], During the Reformation in 16th- and 17th-century Europe, Protestant reformers like Martin Luther changed the Saint gift bringer to the Christ Child or Christkindl and moved the date for giving presents from 6 December to Christmas Eve. And that the first chocolate in America came from Holland? At the end of the day each child has a scepter to carry in the Parades and to take home. The newly independent Dutch Republic officially became a Protestant country and abolished public Catholic celebrations. The Father Christmas image stuck, but he acquired a new name—Santa Claus—a direct derivation from Sinterklaas. He was always accompanied by … The arrival of Sinterklaas. Led by the children and folks from the Rhinebeck Hebrew School and Temple Emmanuel, this beautiful Jewish Ceremony marks the end of the Jewish Sabbath and opens up the secular time of The Sinterklaas Parade. The text presented here comes from a pamphlet that John Pintard released in New York in 1810. The story about Sinterklaas’ helper using the chimney and therefore being black is an often heard argument to support that his black skin has nothing to do with racism. Posted on Nov 4, 2014 at 11:33 AM. Children are crowned kings and queens! [citation needed] In 2011, opposition member of parliament and former president Ronald Venetiaan called for an official ban on Sinterklaas because he considered Zwarte Piet to be a racist element. While riding the white horse Sleipnir, he flew through the air as the leader of the Wild Hunt. Other holiday figures based on Saint Nicholas are celebrated in some parts of Germany and Austria (Sankt Nikolaus); Hungary (Mikulás); Switzerland (Samichlaus); Italy (San Nicola in Bari, South Tyrol, Alpine municipalities, and many others); parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia (Sveti Nikola); Slovenia (Sveti Nikolaj or Sveti Miklavž); Greece (Hagios Nikolaos); Romania (Moș Nicolae); Albania (Shën Kolli, Nikolli), among others. Daar Appelen van granaten, Similarly, the date of giving gifts changed from 5 or 6 December to Christmas Eve. To good children — Sinterklaas and the Grumpus delivered a bag of goodies. We move away from the commercial Santa and back to the wonders that  began the legend—The Good King, the Noble Soul, the one who brings light out of darkness, befriends children and animals, and inspires our souls. A million people come out to see his arrival and watch his triumphant parade through the streets of the city. Go, therewith, to Amsterdam, He died on December 6th, so his life is commemorated as the Feast of Sinterklass on December 5th and 6th. Traditionally, he would also carry a birch rod (Dutch: roe), a chimney sweep's broom made of willow branches, used to spank children who had been naughty. As strange as Sinterklaas Day is in the Netherlands, it’s a lot … On the morning of St. Nicholas’ Day, Sinterklaas travels to a city or town in The Netherlands, wearing his red bishop’s robes. Since 2001, a Sinterklaas "news" program aimed at children is broadcast daily on Dutch television during the holiday season, the Sinterklaasjournaal. At the end of the procession, everyone gathers for the final ritual of the pageant. The story of Sinterklaas has been celebrated throughout Europe since the Middle Ages. In early traditions, students elected one of their classmates as "bishop" on St. Nicholas Day, who would rule until 28 December (Innocents Day), and they sometimes acted out events from the bishop's life. Share in WhatsApp. [12][13] Nevertheless, both Zwarte Piet and the holiday remain popular in the Netherlands. Sinterklaas sails into town on a Sunday mid-November (17 November in 2019) with 600 Pieten and plenty of pepernoten (small spiced biscuits), welcomed by upwards of 400,000 spectators who line the canals. Named Black Peter, this companion was the physical opposite of St. Nicholas. This is the celebration where children are transformed into Kings and Queens and honored as the bringers of the light at the darkest time of year. Sinterklaas is one of the sources of the popular Christmas icon of Santa Claus. Trek uwe beste tabberd an, Hélène Adeline Guerber and others have drawn parallels between Sinterklaas and his helpers and the Wild Hunt of Wodan or Odin,[26] a major god among the Germanic peoples, who was worshipped in Northern and Western Europe prior to Christianization. After the successful revolt of the largely Protestant northern provinces of the Low Countries against the rule of Roman Catholic king Philip II of Spain, the new Calvinist regents, ministers and clericals prohibited celebration of Saint Nicholas. Playing next. From about the 11th century until the Reformation, St. Nicholas Day was celebrated on December 6th as a day to give gifts. [37], In Curaçao, Dutch-style Sinterklaas events were organised until 2020. The birch rod—the threating  instrument of the Grumpus—in our Sinterklaas story is transformed by the power imagination and art into a symbol of empowerment and love to become the Branch—the Royal Scepter—a symbol of creative power in the hands of today’s children. USPS & UPS Ground Shipping Charges Express Shipping upon request (in shopping cart). This is a variation of one of the best-known traditional Sinterklaas rhymes, with "RAF" replacing "Sinterklaas" in the first line (the two expressions have the same metrical characteristics in the first and second, and in the third and fourth lines). [8] In modern versions of the Sinterklaas feast, however, Zwarte Piet no longer carries the roe and children are no longer told that they will be taken back to Spain in Zwarte Piet's bag if they have been naughty. To this day children leave a carrot in their shoes hoping to attract Sinterklaas’ attention and reward. 2. [7] Zwarte Piet's colourful dress is based on 16th-century noble attire, with a ruff (lace collar) and a feathered cap. And, so Nicholas Sinterklaas returned the boys to life and took them into his care. [31] The modern tradition of Sinterklaas as a children's feast was likely confirmed with the illustrated children's book Sint-Nicolaas en zijn knecht ('Saint Nicholas and his servant'), written in 1850 by the teacher Jan Schenkman (1806–1863). [50] Howard G. Hageman, of New Brunswick Theological Seminary, maintains that the tradition of celebrating Sinterklaas in New York existed in the early settlement of the Hudson Valley. E. Boer-Dirks, "Nieuw licht op Zwarte Piet. [40] Since 2020, the Sinterklaas feast is no longer celebrated in Curaçao and has been replaced by Children's Day on 20 November. Sinterklaas is a saint that lives in Spain. Get your ILLUMINATED SINTERKLAAS STARS to carry in the parades and to brighten up your home! From Amsterdam to Spain, St. Nicholas and their favorite holiday, Sinterklaas. Magical and memorable, a cross between Harry Potter and an illuminated Medieval manuscript, this is a gift for our community. [5], Sinterklaas carries a big, red book which records whether each child has been good or naughty in the past year.[6]. It is the most popular of all Dutch holidays. Because of the popularity of his "older cousin" Sinterklaas, Santa Claus is however not commonly seen in the Netherlands and Belgium. [56][57], Sinterklaas-themed films aimed at adults include the drama Makkers Staakt uw Wild Geraas (1960), which won a Silver Bear award at the 11th Berlin International Film Festival; the romantic comedy Alles is Liefde (2007) and its Belgian remake Zot van A. Little else is known about him—except that he loved children. We just think everyone should know the story of St. Nicholas. 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