Sinterklaas Day 2017

Because of our Dutch heritage, my family celebrated Sinterklaas Day during my growing up years. Each year on the evening of December 4th, we put out our shoes. When we awoke on December 5th, our shoes were filled with goodies from Sinterklaas.

John and I are continuing this tradition with our family. This year, Sinterklaas came to our house and David was given the book “Elmo’s Countdown to Christmas,” which we have read many times since, and an electronic copy of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas Program with Sesame Street. He’s a little too young to enjoy these items, but we’re hoping they’ll bring Christmas cheer in coming years.

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You’re supposed to put your shoes by the fireplace, but we don’t have a fireplace. So, under the Christmas tree they went!

Another tradition associated with Sinterklaas Day in our family is a gathering with extended family members in the area. We have a dinner and then each person opens a small gift from Sinterklaas. These gifts come with a poem related to the gift. You’re supposed to read the poem and then open the gift. It’s fun to hear the different poems that “Sinterklaas” comes up with.

This year, we got together the Sunday prior to Sinterklaas Day at our house in West Virginia. This was the first time some of our extended family met the new baby. It was a fun and happy night.

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A group selfie of those in attendance.
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Wagner cousins and Melissa with the baby.
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They color coordinated 😉
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My dad’s Sinterklaas gift.
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My dad and mom wearing their Sinterklaas gifts proudly.
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Family photo – sure do love these guys 🙂
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John finished decorating his tree in time for the gathering. We opened the presents in the family room in the basement by his tree. I wanted to add this picture to the blog because I think the tree looks great!

One thought on “Sinterklaas Day 2017

  1. Wesley Morgan December 9, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    That is so wonderful to receive the account of the celebration and the pictures. I especially loved your family picture. Thank you for sending it. Ilove John and have never seen him but look forward to meeting him and David one day.

    Today Anne, Emma, Nick and I got together for lunch in Salt Lake and exchanged Siinter Klaas gifts. It was fun to visit. I still have Grandpa’s costume in a box under my bed.

    Chris and I will be together for Christmas but we haven’t really planned who else to invite. I need to get busy and make some good plans.

    Love Grandma

    On Sat, Dec 9, 2017 at 9:23 PM, Moments of Meghan wrote:

    > Meghan posted: “Because of our Dutch heritage, my family celebrated > Sinterklaas Day during my growing up years. Each year on the evening of > December 4th, we put out our shoes. When we awoke on December 5th, our > shoes were filled with goodies from Sinterklaas. John and I” >

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