Saturday, November 13, 2010

Set Those Klompen Out! - Sinterklaas Has Arrived!

drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Little Delft Klompen - 2010
5.5"h x 7.25"w (page spread)
Pen & Ink with Colored Pencils in Japanese Folded Moleskine

Today, November 13th, Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) arrived in the Netherlands on his steamboat from Spain! His boat arrived, at 12:30 pm, in the haven (harbor) of the town Harderwijk in the province of Gelderland. 

From Harderwijk, Sinterklaas will travel, on his white horse Amerigo with his helpers the Zwarte Pieten (Black Peters) by his side, throughout the entire Netherlands visiting every city & village. He has a lot of places to visit and children to see - I don't know how he does it. *wink*

Children (of all ages ... lol) will try to see the Sint (saint) to make sure that their names are in the Sint's big red book and let him know that they've been good all year so that when Pakjesavond (gift night) rolls around on December 5th, there will be gifts for them. It's very important to be good all year or else an X would go by your name in the Sint's book and that means, no gifts for you! Oh no!!!

You can also now set your klompen (clogs or wooden shoes) by the door * , or at the foot of your bed, so that during the weeks when Sinterklaas and his helper Zwarte Piet are in the Netherlands, they might leave tiny presents, cookies, money or chocolate in your shoes. You just never know what you might get - so set those shoes out!
* You can also set out just regular shoes (schoenen) - doesn't have to be klompen. lol

It would also be very nice if you set out carrots, hay and a bucket of water for the Sint's horse, Amerigo. The poor horse does have a lot of walking to do, not to mention that he also has to get up on the roof tops with Sinterklaas on his back!

I found this YouTube video of some blooper (flater) moments of poor Sinterklaas, his Zwarte Piet and the horse ...
I don't think Sinterklaas should try riding a motorcycle.
Geen goed idee! Not a good idea!
omg... lol



Meisie said...

ROFLOL delightful post! Love your klompen!. That video is a hoot...I agree...although the motorbike posed it's own problem!! hehe...I also think someone should tell Sinterklaas about millenery(sp?) elastic? ;-)iets om die dierbare HOED op sy kop te hou!


J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Ja! het probleem met de hoed ... rofl. Leuk, eh?! hahahaha
:p :D


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