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Sinterklaas vs. Santa Claus: A Comparison

Sinterklaas vs. Santa Claus: A Comparison

If you live in the Netherlands and discover Sinterklaas, you may wonder, is He the Dutch version of Santa Claus? Why they seem similar yet have completely different backgrounds? Since December is coming again and our two favorite holidays are in the air, let me answer these questions. In this blog, I will compare Sinterklaas vs. Santa Claus based on ten criteria. But first, a bit of history about these two famous figures. Who is Sinterklaas? Sinterklaas is a legendary…

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Sinterklaas: The Dutch version of Santa Claus

Sinterklaas: The Dutch version of Santa Claus

Today marks another special celebration for children in the Netherlands. After the celebration of Sint Maarten (check my blog yesterday about Sint Maarten), Sinterklaas arrives in many Dutch towns and cities. The symbolic arrival of Sinterklaas always happens in a port, where he gets out of his steam boat that sails from Spain to the Netherlands. Some Dutch cities are not reachable by boat, thus, Sinterklaas arrives with horse. Together with his Piets, Sinterklaas is welcomed today by millions of…

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