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Ah, soo sweet!

  1. Jan 4, 2004 #1

    Monique

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    Anyone ever found some old stuff from your childhood and though: now THAT is nice?

    I just found a piece of paper from when I must've been around 6.. a song written by one of St. Nicolas' helpers (similar to Christmas), who recites all the bad stuff the kids in class had been doing in that past year.

    I was reading it and thought: I'm not in it :( ..
    I come to the end and there it is "monique: I think you are a very sweet girl, you'll probably get all the presents you've asked for."

    all together: *ahhh* I didn't get any presents this year though :(
     
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    Why no presents?
     
  4. Jan 4, 2004 #3

    Monique

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    It's a children's holiday, during the whole month of November you'll get a present in your shoe in the morning
     
  5. Jan 4, 2004 #4
    I used to have a cat that left presents in shoes overnight...
     
  6. Jan 4, 2004 #5

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    I can relate. That is one of the WORST ways to start a day...
     
  7. Jan 4, 2004 #6
    Its just as bad as exiting the house with a cup of hot chocolate and having a bird dive-bomb a turd into it.
     
  8. Jan 4, 2004 #7

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    GRODY!!! (Did it look like a melted marshmallow floating on the top?)
     
  9. Jan 4, 2004 #8
    Children's holiday, huh? Who are you kidding? It's the first time I see this Sinterklaas thing going on and I got to see 25 year old people painting thair faces, I learned to duck while the helpers were throwing candy at me and laughed my ass off at the rumours the helpers were telling Sinterklaas. Oh, yeah, the spanish had no idea about the story and the song was hilarious. A wonderful experience though. I'm sorry I didn't remember to write a letter. I got a present though: I saw americans trying to speak dutch. That was gorgeous. In 3 months I got to the point of almost understanding this language, but I don't yet get the courage to open my mouth and utter more than 2-3 words. What are the helpers called again?
     
  10. Jan 4, 2004 #9

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    The worst is when you're sitting under a tree at an outdoor cafe and you don't notice that a bird dropped something in your beer until after you take a drink and wonder "what the hell is in my mouth????"

    Anyway, back to the subject. Christmas is for kids of ALL ages!!!! I am sad that you did not get a Christmas present Monique. :frown:
     
  11. Jan 4, 2004 #10

    Monique

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    Yeah, he is actually Turkish, but since the boat came around the corner at Spain, people started telling he is from Spain The helpers throwing candy at you huh? Yeah, that is what they do.. the story goes that they used to throw money in poor people's houses, that is where the tradition comes from..

    The helpers? They are called 'zwarte pieten', translates into 'black Pete's', they paint their faces black and ware funky outfits and climb up buildings and such.. yeah, they are actually black slaves of a white bishop.. some people have a problem with that, I think that is nosense.
     
  12. Jan 4, 2004 #11

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    Sinterklaas is actually the tradition where Santa Claus originated from, the Dutch brought the tradition to the US, where it took up an identity of its own.
     
  13. Jan 4, 2004 #12

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    And yeah it IS a childrens holiday. I actually believed in the existance of that man, all children did (do).

    He comes with his boat from Spain (which is a really big day, he ACTUALLY arrives in a boat and welcomes all the kids in the harbor, there is the same person who plays him every year) and every night he comes over the roof tops on his *white* horse and brings a small present into your shoe for a month, BUT you DO have to sing a song every night, otherwise the shoe stays empty.

    At the end of the month he returns to spain, takes any kids with him in a bag, who have been naughty. That night is actually the night that the bishop died, it is celebrated big where at night a stranger knocks on the door, the kid opens it and finds a HUGE bag filled with presents..

    Ah.. if only I were young again..
     
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