My mother was Dutch so I was brought up with both Santa Claus and Sinter Klaas, although I only had one set of presents! I love this description of the two gentlemen in comparison and couldn’t resist sharing with you as we start to think about the Christmas period to come.
The majority of Dutch emigrants are as fond of their traditional Sinterklaas celebrations, as their new friends and neighbours are of Christmas. However, Sinterklaas is almost entirely unknown outside of the Netherlands and many foreigners mistakenly believe that he and Santa Claus are one and the same. Yet, although both festive figures are based on the real-life Bishop of Myra, who lived in Turkey during the fourth century, their associated folklore and customs have evolved in largely different ways. This means that Sinterklaas and Santa Claus not only look dissimilar, but also that their stories are celebrated in a totally different manner.
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