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christmas trees and Sinterclaas|
just wondering if that is one of their traditions-thanks
for any info
RE: All countries in Europe, including the Netherlands, that once were touched by saxion tribes did celebrate the leaftree feast on 21/22 December. To honour the turning point of the earth around the sun they imported green leaf in their home.When North Europe became christened by arianism the leaftree feast became incorporated in the christian religion as christmas. Later christmas trees were imported from scandinavia by Dutch.In the Netherlands almost everybody has a christmas tree in their house or in the garden, or both. But it is not a real christian feast anymore. Muslims, hindoes, boedhists, atheists, they all have their christmas tree.Since about 10 years it became fashionable to give presents with christmas. This is still more trendy then tradition and has to do with American influence over here.Originally many folks around the North sea, river rhine, maas, schelde, gave presents on the day before the birthday of Sinterclaas. Sinterclaas (Saint Nicholas, Sankt Claus) is the christian patron of children (& slaves & whores & sailors). This Sinterklaas tradition was so strong in the 17th century, that when Nieuw Amsterdam was sold to the English and became New York the gouvernor of Nieuw Amsterdam, (Pieter Stuijvesant) made sure this tradition could continu. As English were a minor minority in Nieuw Amsterdam everybody agreed to combine the feast of Sinterclaas with christmas. Since that day Americans speak of Santaclaus.;-) John
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