3 October 2016

An old Dutch tradition


Saint Nicholas spiced up

The celebration of Saint Nicholas traditionally takes place a few weeks before Christmas. It is a centuries old tradition based on a story about Saint Nicholas, who comes all the way from Spain to bring Dutch children lots of presents and hands out typical candies, like pepernoten and marsepein.

Children believe Saint Nicholas is as old as the story itself – about four centuries – which is supposed to grant him some respectability (although the prospect of gifts probably forms the greatest source of worship). We thought it would be funny to strip him from his Catholic cape-like tunic and let him ride the streets in his underwear. We instantly made the national evening news. And at the day of celebration of Saint Nicholas, many guys were surprised to find out that Saint Nicholas had decided to give them fresh boxers this year…