Sinterklaas or Sint-Nicolaas is a mythical figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins based on Saint Nicholas. Other names for the figure include De Sint (“The Saint”), De Goede Sint (“The Good Saint”), and De Goedheiligman (“The Good Holy Man”) in Dutch; Saint-Nicolas in French; Sinteklaas in Frisian; and Kleeschen and Zinniklos in Luxembourgish.
Sinterklaas is celebrated annually with the giving of gifts on 5 December, the night before Saint Nicholas Day in the Northern Netherlands and on the morning of 6 December, Saint Nicholas Day itself, in the (Roman Catholic) southern provinces, Belgium, Luxembourg and Northern France (French Flanders, Lorraine and Artois). He is also well known in territories of the former Dutch Empire, including Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, and Suriname.
In 1971 Mies Bouhuys wrote a musical about Sinterklaas. It’s about a little girl that wants a bigger house because they live in a small house now, and it simply is not big enough. Sinterklaas thinks she wants a doll house and his aid Piet brings the girl a dollhouse, but as it clearly doesn’t fit in this house they have to take it back. Now the girl will have no present at all, and they still live in this very small house. How will it end? Can Sinterklaas help?
We (my wife, my daughter and I) will visit the musical today. Sinterklaas still is special to my 22 year old. Most kids understand the myth of Sinterklaas at six years old or so. My 22 year old is still crazy about Sinterklaas. Besides “her” Sinterklaas (Bram van der Vlugt) retired in 2011, but agreed to do this one last musical. He is 82 years old now and although replaced by a younger Sinterklaas still my girls “real” Sinterklaas.
I know we will have lots of fun today…