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Sinterklaas and the Celebration of St. Nicholas

Do you know about Sinterklaas?

"Sinterklaas," a Dutch figure from which Santa Claus got his name, is celebrated annually on St. Nicholas Eve or the morning after in Belgium and France.

Which day is St. Nicholas Eve?

Editor's Note: Select your answer in the poll below and tell us how you know the answer in the comments section. The answer will be posted later in the day.

Ryan Laing December 25, 2011 at 06:12 PM
I have friends who celebrate this day by putting their shoes out for small gifts. Is it the root of hanging stockings from the fireplace-mantle?
Caitlin Burgess December 25, 2011 at 06:29 PM
Yes, I would think so. The Santa Claus tradition pulls from the Sinterklaas tradition, celebrating St. Nicholas and a few other similar traditions from around the world.
Peter Wetzels December 26, 2011 at 04:00 AM
As I'm from Dutch origin (I moved to the US from the Netherlands at the age of 29) we celebrate Sinterklaas in my house. I'm pleasantly surprised to see Sinterklaas mentioned on the Patch. Answer of course is December 5 as it's the evening before Sinterklaas' birthday on December 6
Elaine December 26, 2011 at 04:51 AM
My kids are adults with spouses and children of their own but we still sneak up to their homes each year and leave bags of goodies at their doors, we rattle the windows, knock at the door and run away. They love it!
Caitlin Burgess December 26, 2011 at 04:34 PM
That sounds fun Elaine. And yes, Peter was right, St. Nicholas Eve is celebrated on Dec. 5.

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