Saint Nicholas with a golden edge

Barenbrug Holland invited 19 children, that come from less fortunate families, to celebrate Saint Nicholas.

Tradition

In The Netherlands and Belgium it is common to celebrate “Saint Nicolas”, a festive happening for children. Halfway though November, “Saint Nicholas” and his helpers, called “Black Petes”, arrive from Spain in their steamboat. On this boat, they transport many presents for all children who behaved well throughout the year.

 

Every night until December 5th, children put their shoes near the chimney, sing songs and leave food behind for Saint Nicholas’ horse. If they are lucky Black Pete will climb down the chimney and leave presents in their shoes. On 6th of December Saint Nicholas returns to Spain.

 

The project

Unfortunately, there are families for whom it is financially impossible to fill the shoes of their children with presents. 

 

In collaboration with a group of volunteers, who are helping out these families, an idea emerged to organize an unforgettable afternoon for these children at the office at Barenbrug Holland. Upon arrival there was lemonade, gingerbread cookies and sweets. The afternoon started off with a performance by clown Kiko. The children were very enthusiastic and visibly enjoyed the various magic tricks and funny acts.

 

Then Saint Nicholas arrived and all children received a long-desired gift. The enthusiasm of the children when unpacking the gifts was unforgettable. These children had the day of their lives!

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