All About Sinterklaas

All About Sinterklaas

For expats living in The Netherlands who have never heard of the name Sinterklaas or seen a Zwarte Piet before November and December can become a very confusing time of year. This much loved Dutch tradition naturally leaves them with a lot of questions. What is Pakjesavond and why are children leaving their shoes out? Who is Sinterklaas and why does he own a steam boat? Who are the Zwarte Piet and why do they seem to have gotten their shoe polish mixed up with their face cream? It can be a very confusing time of year indeed.

But fear not. All these answers and more can be found right here in this collection of useful and comical Invading Holland guides that will help you figure out what the heck is going on (just click the titles):

The Sinterklaas Guide

It’s never a good idea to compare Sinterklaas to Santa Clause, not unless you want to seriously damage diplomatic relations between The Netherlands and your own country. This humorous guide helps highlight the key differences between the two so that you never again accidentally mix them up and risk deportation.

Lies About Sinterklaas

It’s always best to tell the truth if you want to stay out of Sinterklaas’ naughty book. But sometimes it’s just fun to mess with confused expats.

Writing to Sinterklaas & A Reply From Sinterklaas

When I discovered Sinterklaas’ address I knew I had to send him a letter. I had so many unanswered questions about the Dutch tradition. Maybe he could help. Could he? Maybe not. He’s probably very busy… Little did I know that a few days later I would get a reply directly from the man himself.

Questioning Sinterklaas & Sinterklaas Mysteries

If you are on Santa’s naughty list are you automatically on Sinterklaas’ naughty list? If Sinterklaas spends 11 months of the year in Spain why doesn’t he have more of a tan? Is Sinterklaas an eccentric billionaire? There are some questions that it’s simply best not to ask the Dutch when Sinterklaas comes to town. These two post asks them anyway.

Sinterklaas New Stories

Every year Sinterklaas’ boat journey from Spain to Holland is diligently followed on the news. Every present over board and every rough wave is reported with the up most journalistic credibility for the children of Holland and every year the question is the same. Will Sinterklaas arrive in time? Normally he does but what if the problems he encountered were much more… challenging?

Stalking Sinterklaas

A personal story about the time I almost met Sinterklaas himself, the lengths I went to to make it happen and an interesting conundrum about what exactly is considered stalking.

9 responses to “All About Sinterklaas”

  1. AQK1982 says:

    And Stu, are you gonna write to Sinterklaas since last year it was to late?

  2. Invader_Stu says:

    AQK1982 – Funnily enough I was looking back trough the old posts and saw that conversation we had about it. I guess the address is still the same?

  3. VallyP says:

    Maybe you should combine these into a Sinterklaas compendium, Stu!

  4. Invader_Stu says:

    VallyP – Well… It is on of the next chapters I plan to work on.

  5. AQK1982 says:

    The address is still the same. Don’t forget to include a stamp otherwise they won’t be able to answer your questions :-).

    Let us know how it turned out….

  6. Jannie says:

    This is such an inspirational blog! Loving it!! Hoping to move to Amsterdam myself in Jan or Feb next year, so this is a great read! Loving it!

  7. Hoo, boy. Can’t wait to read the new post (and the upcoming book????)! :D

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