Onze Lieve Ballet Pietjes

Our sweet ballet pietjes dressed up and danced their hearts out for Sinterklaas Friday night. Through my blurry pictures, I savor the smiles, the tutus, the tiny dance feet, and the squeals over pepernoten and snoepjes.   

Bosch Sinterklaas Feest

Sint Treats

Since the 15th of November, Sinterklaas and all the Zwarte Pieten have arrived from Spain on their steamboat. What this translates to the kids…they can put their shoes out by the fireplace and on some mornings they might discover a small treat or tiny cadeau inside their boot or sneaker. Most nights the girls stuff […]

St. Nicholas: Through the Eyes and Ears of a Child

“Nicholas is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving. He lived in the fourth century. Santa Claus (Sinterklaas) is a Dutch form of the name St. Nicholas. This famous saint was born in Asia Minor, which is modern-day Turkey. After his parents died, he gave all his money to charity. Nicholas is the patron […]


This afternoon Sinterklaas came to Schijndel! We were all a bit hesitant in understanding this early arrival when Saint Nicholas’s feast day is not until December 6th and our  Santa Claus from the North Pole comes on Christmas Eve. We were all confused and to be honest not eager in learning a new celebration amongst feelings of being homesick […]