Here it is! 'Pakjesavond' in Holland. The night all little children have been waiting for weeks for with excitement and anticipation. The night that SinterKlaas will land on his white horse on the rooftops and lower a burlap sack full of gifts to all the good little boys and girls. They don't even have to wait until morning to open the gifts.
Who is SinterKlaas? You can read about him here in a blog post I wrote back in 2006.
The Sint is the Dutch version of Santa Claus but also very much connected to who everyone now knows and loves as Santa. Read about this connection here in an entry I wrote last year.
I am afraid I have enjoyed playing Zwarte Piet this year and even just delivered a surprise to someone. *grins* If you live here in Holland, I wish you a warm and fun 'Pakjesavond', and if you don't, how about drinking a cup of hot chocolate and having a ginger spice cookie today to honor the Dutch SinterKlaas.