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Advent Day 6

No this isn't reindeer poo, not even the pretend sort - it's Pepernoten, Dutch spicy biscuits along with some oranges and chocolate money, in honour of St Nicholas, whose feast day is today.

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When we lived in England my three older children went to a Rudolph Steiner (Waldorf) school and kindergarten where several European traditions were followed. On 6th December the children would sit quietly in their classrooms…listening and waiting…finally there would be a knock at the door and there outside was St Nicholas himself! St Nicholas would then read out the names of all the good children, with a wee mention of the not so good! After which his helpers, the Black Peters, would throw handfuls of chocolates into the classroom and the children would scrabble about collecting them. The story of St Nicholas would be read out to the children and as some people would have brought in some pepernoten and maybe some German honey cake a wee feast would follow. Another little celebration to hasten the dark days of winter. Very Happy

Posted at 6th Dec 2017 - 12:34AM   Posted by Bradan   Advent Day 6 Comments: 11

Faith's Avatar That's truly lovely Bradan - I didn't know all that. Super photo!

Posted by: Faith on 6th Dec 2017 at 08:51AM

Camilla's Avatar Thank you Bradan, I think I may have eaten Pepernoten those Dutch spicy biscuits when I was younger living in London.

Posted by: Camilla on 6th Dec 2017 at 08:55AM

Fennie's Avatar Nobody ever did this at my school - in fact the school closed every year before the Christmas festivities began. But didn't St Nicholas arrive in Holland, summon all the children and give them presents. Unfortunately the boy with finger in the dyke came too and the whole country was washed away, but St Nicholas was buoyed up by his red cloak and almost three weeks later was washed up on the fringes of Lapland, where he met a red nosed reindeer embarrassed to see someone else with a red nose. They borrowed a passing woodcutter's sledge asked some local elves to fill it with presents and then set off around the world. By December 25th they had met everyone, though poor St Nicholas had aged considerably not having had lunch since December 6th. People now called him Father Christmas much to his annoyance and he had grown a beard which turned white bleached by the salt of the sea and the glare of the snow.

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Posted by: Fennie on 6th Dec 2017 at 09:08AM

Bradan's Avatar Laughing- Fennie. That's much better than the original St Nicholas story.

I forgot to mention, the reason the oranges are there is because the night before the chldren would put out their shoe with hay and carrot for the horse of St Nicholas and in the morning the shoe would be filled with chocolates or choc money and an orange, and it was tradition not to eat any oranges (the satsuma sort) before St. Nicholas day. Very Happy

Posted by: Bradan on 6th Dec 2017 at 09:29AM

Ivy's Avatar Wow Bradan, that catapulted me back more than 40 years in in time.
Fennie: This is the best explanation I have eve read about father Christmas. I will have to copy it and send it to my sister .

Posted by: Ivy on 6th Dec 2017 at 09:36AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar We still have an orange in the bottom of our stockings on Christmas morning... even if it is a chocolate one nowadays. Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 6th Dec 2017 at 10:28AM

Fennie's Avatar Ivy, Bradan, Very HappyVery Happy

Just a bit of nonsense!

Posted by: Fennie on 6th Dec 2017 at 11:08AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar You're so very good at a bit of nonsense though Fennie. Very Happy

When are you getting your curly slippers?

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 6th Dec 2017 at 12:21PM

Camilla's Avatar I always used to get an orange in the bottom of my stocking when I was younger too.

Posted by: Camilla on 6th Dec 2017 at 03:07PM

Fennie's Avatar Take a big Jaffa Orange. Throw it around a bit bouncing it off the wall or on the floor. Cut a small hole in the top. Insert five or six sugar lumps. Squeeze orange until the juice flows out of the top. Suck the juice until the orange is dry. I necessary add more sugar lumps. Lush.Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 6th Dec 2017 at 06:57PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar LaughingI'venever tried making orange juice while it's still inside the orange.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 7th Dec 2017 at 10:21AM

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