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Dutchlady1
Naples, FL
(Zone 10a)

December 12, 2007
12:00 PM

Post #4287076

I'm so happy to see someone write about this wonderful holiday which I also experienced as a child in Holland. I liked it a lot better than Christmas.

victorgardener

victorgardener
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
(Zone 6b)

December 12, 2007
2:22 PM

Post #4287436

Great to learn about that, Adina! Sounds like fun. Congrats on your article.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


December 12, 2007
3:47 PM

Post #4287643

Good job!

Your articles and perspective helps us see things from a world-wide point of view, making us truly a 'global garden'
Dea
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6a)

December 12, 2007
4:18 PM

Post #4287739

What a fun read Adina! Your dog is so funny :)

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 12, 2007
4:47 PM

Post #4287829

Thanks guys,I'm so glad you 've enjoyed it!

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 13, 2007
1:32 AM

Post #4289212

Adina- its so interesting to hear about the traditions from folks
around the world. I really enjoyed your article (and those pictures
of Boss too!)
Sharran
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

December 13, 2007
3:10 AM

Post #4289511

Great article Adina, so fun to read and learn about new things. Fun to see Boss, too.

Thank you for a job well done.
Sharon
Kathleen
Panama, NY
(Zone 5a)

December 13, 2007
11:07 AM

Post #4290052

Adina, what a neat article. My grandfather's mother was a Dutch lady and, though we didn't celebrate St. Nicholas Day, he always knew when it was.

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 13, 2007
7:15 PM

Post #4291363

Tam,Sharon, thanks, your appreciation means so much for me!
Kathleen, like our DG Dutchlady in Holland,we enjoy this custom so much ! Our kids used to get up so early on St.Nicholas day, just to see what Santa had brought ! Even adults enjoy looking in their boots to find some presents ! I think I 'd be very dissapointed if I didn't have any chocolate in my boots on Santa Nicholas day...of course, I'm the one who puts the presents and , lately, my DS too !
Adina

This message was edited Dec 13, 2007 3:15 PM
mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 17, 2007
12:50 AM

Post #4301905

Sinterklaas just came to my house too, Mattie has been a very good boy!!!

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 17, 2007
9:51 AM

Post #4303203

Glad to hear that! Is Sinterklaas another Santa Nicholas ?
Adina
mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 17, 2007
4:17 PM

Post #4303943

No, the same man, translated name.
And we took it a step further, if the child hadn't been "good", Zwarte Piet, Sinterklaas's helper would put the child in the big bag!
Never happened to me though !!!! ;-)

Christie

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 17, 2007
8:19 PM

Post #4304564

Christie,thanks for clearings,that is so interesting! Which country is Sinterklaas coming from? You must 've been a good child!LOL
Adina
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

December 17, 2007
8:45 PM

Post #4304607

Adina - a lovely story told with humor and love...thank you so much for sharing!

Yokwe,
Shari
mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 17, 2007
9:37 PM

Post #4304720

He is from Spain, and comes on a steamboat and a horse.
Hmmm, have I been good or have my parents been too forgiving...?

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 17, 2007
9:37 PM

Post #4304722

Shari, your appreciation means so much, thanks!
What does "yowke" mean?
Adina

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 17, 2007
9:39 PM

Post #4304732

LOL, Christie ! Nice to hear about Spain tradition! Steamboat and horse?! Where from does he come?
Adina
Islandshari
Kwajalein
Marshall Islands
(Zone 11)

December 17, 2007
10:26 PM

Post #4304855

Adina, the meaning of yokwe is:

Traditional use = "Your beauty is like the rainbow"...meaning inside and out...from all viewpoints.

Modern use = "Love to everyone"

the Marshallese equivalent of "Aloha", used as hello, goodbye, good luck, I love You...lots of things...

I like the word, the sentiment and I'm on a mission to get lots of people to use it traditionally - I think that looking at the beauty of things from all sides, is a great ability to aspire to.

Happy Holidays!
Shari
mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 17, 2007
10:59 PM

Post #4304935

Adina; he uses a steamboat to get to Belgium from spain, and then he uses his horse to go to each house!

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 18, 2007
7:36 AM

Post #4306255

Shari, sorry I've misspelled the word ...I think it's great what you're trying to do! Maybe people will use "Yokwe" like they use "Aloha" now!
Yokwe to you too!

Christie, what a wonderful tradition and modern too ! Kids must be so excited when waiting for Sinterklaas! Is he droping the gifts in children's boots too?
Adina
mrs_colla
Marin, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 18, 2007
5:09 PM

Post #4307193

He climbs up on the roof with his horse, and then Zwarte Piet ( Black Pete) climbs down the chimney to deliver them. That is why all the helpers are black, it's not a racial thing, it's from climbing down the chimney!

The 2 weeks before Sinterklaas they receive candy and exotic fruit, like mandarins, in their shoe.

The 5th of December, they put a dinnerplate on the table, and after going through the chimney, Zwarte Piet fills the plates.

Doesn't make much sense now I'm typing it like this... :-)

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

December 18, 2007
7:32 PM

Post #4307701

How cool about the helpers being black from the chimney! So your Sinterklaas brings twice more presents than ours and has a help ! I remember my grannie used to put mandarins in my shoes too !
Adina

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