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zwarte piet (black pete)[edit]

Zwarte piet never really existed (Sint Nicolaas did). Other then mentioned, Zwarte Piet was introduced around 1850, so not during the middle ages! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.250.190.29 (talk) 16:41, 23 November 2013 (UTC)

Untitled[edit]

Celebration of Sinterklaas is the celebration of his name day, which was the day of Nicolas' death!!!! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 130.161.252.154 (talk) 08:51, 31 May 2006 (UTC)

Sinter/Santa[edit]

In one paragraph it begins by stating, "Contrary to popular belief, Sinterklaas is not the basis for the North American figure of Santa Claus." Then the paragraph goes on to describe exactly how and when Sinterklaas became Santa Claus in American. I'm taking out the first sentence since it's not cited or explained at all, and is also ridiculous. Santa is clearly this same guy. Noit (talk) 16:13, 31 July 2008 (UTC)

Well Sinterklaas ain't fat! :D 77.251.46.60 (talk) 20:23, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

I'm Dutch, so I know. Sinterklaas is not santa clause. Santa claus is called de kerstman in the netherlands — Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.10.75.131 (talk) 10:41, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

I'm Dutch too. Sante Clause (christmas father) is something that is getting poulair in the Netherlands too, but only because it is populair in foreign countries. It seems that Sinterklaas was brought by colonists to the US, and finaly became Santa Clause (christmas). Santa Claus was then imported to the Netherlands again. In The Netherlands we celebrate both, although Sinterklaas is far more poulair. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.250.190.29 (talk) 16:38, 23 November 2013 (UTC)

Partial view[edit]

"The children, up to an age of usually seven or eight years, almost religiously believe in Sinterklaas. They think that he actually lives forever and that he comes from Spain, that he knows everything about the children and that his Zwarte Pieten do come down through chimneys. The period between his arrival and December 5 is therefore very exciting."

This seems not non neutral pov to me and assumptious. I did not believe in Santa Claus when I was young and I doubt all children believe in Sinterklaas. Genjix 11:33, 17 October 2006 (UTC)

The wording doesn't imply all children believe — just that it is typical for them to do so. Research shows that about two-thirds of Dutch families celebrate Sinterklaas.--MWAK 08:07, 25 October 2006 (UTC)

Well, I'm Dutch myself. I can tell almost every kid in the Netherlands believes in Sinterklaas. There are very very few children who don't. I believed in it too. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.10.75.131 (talk) 12:46, 23 July 2012 (UTC)

david sedaris[edit]

there has to be at least a link to David Sedaris´story - "Six to Eight Black Men", which comically looks at these traditions from an American perspective. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by John.i.buckeye (talkcontribs) 14:43, 13 July 2006 (UTC).

Original[edit]

Why is there no mention of the Original St Nicolas. His Birthdate and the day he passed away. And that he was the Bishop of Myra (Turkey), but we (the Dutch and Belgians) heard of him through the Spanish who occupied us and so we naturally assumed he must have been from Spain. And that he was very a giving man (especially to the poor), that's why he gives presents on his birthday instead of recieving them. And we always eat pepernoten when we cellebrate Sinterklaas, which look like horse droppings, coz besides gifts that's what people found when Sinterklaas had paid a visit.

St. Nicholas: http://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=38

Pepernoten: http://www.directrecipes.com/archives/dec/02_Dec_97_Pepernoten.html

http://images.google.nl/images?&num=10&hl=nl&rls=GGLD,GGLD:2004-19,GGLD:en&btnG=Google+zoeken&lr=lang_en&as_ft=i&as_qdr=all&as_dt=i&as_rights=&safe=images&sa=N&tab=wi&q=pepernoten —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Whatsit (talkcontribs) 21:50, 22 August 2006 (UTC).

So change it, instead of adding a POV marker. I am removing the POV tag. Improve the article instead of giving it a POV tag. --Daniel575 | (talk) 00:44, 22 October 2006 (UTC)
The Dutch heard of Sinterklaas through Spain because the relics arrived in Bari in 1087 (11th century) and Bari later formed part of the Spanish/Aragonese Kingdom of Naples and the Two Sicilies until the eighteenth century. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 217.235.168.115 (talk) 22:47, 8 January 2011 (UTC)

review[edit]

This article has a template saying it contains unverified claims / lacks resources.

I have tried to review this article, and as an inhabitant of the netherlands i'll try to spot anything which seems doubtful or wrong.

overview[edit]

  • In the Netherlands, Sint Nicolaas, Sinterklaas' eve is the occasion for gift-giving. *:Doubtful statement. Birthdays are tradtional coccasions to give presents. Sinterklaas is an occasion to give presents, but only under certain conditions. A better intro would be: In the Netherlands, Sint Nicolaas, Sinterklaas' eve is a folklore party evening, or something like it.
    • Well, that IS the essential of this folklore: giving presents to eachother. So the wording is correct.
      • I concur. The Bishop of Myra is holy because he gave gifts to the poor children. In this (commercialised) tradition, Sinterklaas comes to the children on Sinterklaas eve to give them presents (if they've been good, but the latter doesn't apply so much nowadays.)

Sinterklaas[edit]

  • called Amerigo or Slechtweervandaag (Badweathertoday)
    The name Amerigo is mentioned on several websites. Slechtweervandaag is also mentioned on one website as his donkey, other, mainly Belgian websites, mention it as his horse.

About the name of the donkey/horse of Sinterklaas, I've seen the series and yes in Belgium it's quite commonly known a Slechtweervandaag. Tough I think the name is slowly decreasing in usage. As no new shows in Belgium were made ever since (with a decent influence, I can't recall any) and a lot of kids watched Dutch shows. So names like Amerigo are also used over here. There's no real name tough, just names from tv shows wich are used and later slowly fade away. Also I always tough it was horse, a type called a schimmel. It's a grey horse with white spots. I know Slechtweervandaag and Amerigo were.

Slechtweervandaag was the name of his horse in a Belgian TV show back in 92/93. It remained that way in the minds of people since... (Anonymous - 04:43, 3 December 2006 (UTC))

unless alzheimer is hitting rather badly today, I seem to remember 'slechtweervandaag' being used as the horses name during the yearly official arrival of Sinterklaas in Antwerp 193.190.154.1 (talk) 14:52, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

Coming from Spain[edit]

About the fact that he comes form Spain is because, I believe (will check it later), that however he lived in Turkey, he was later buried in Rome Italy. Than because of the Spanish influence people started to be mistaken about this. And Spain became quickly Sint Niklaas' home.

I have always been taught people tell he's from Spain because back in the day people's knowledge of geography was quite limited. As people were uneducated, the most distant country (from the Netherlands) beyond France was Spain. DWizzy 11:04, 18 December 2006 (UTC)

See the article Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas is a famous saint in the Greek-Orthodox and Catholic tradtion. The relics of the Saint were taken from Myra to Bari in southern Italy in 1087, where they have remained since. In the Dutch tradition, Saint Nicholas is said to come from Spain, and from its capital Madrid. The reason for the association with "Spain" is obvious. Bari was under Spanish rule from the 16th until the 18th century as part of the Kingdom of Naples. The tradition that Saint Nicholas lived in Spain explains how the association of Black Peter with "Moors" got started in the Netherlands. Some of the muslim Moors who lived in Spain until the 17th century were black. (Remember Shakespeare's black Othello, also a "Moor".)

Italy was ruled by Spain but not during the 11th century. At this time, in 1035, the Kingdom of Aragon was established during the Christian Reconquest of Spain (which ended up in 1492). The Kingdom of Aragon along with the Kingdom of Castile will form the Kingdom of Spain under the "Catholic Monarchs" rules. The expansion of the Aragonese Crown will include initially the kingdoms of Aragon, Valencia, Mallorca and the counties of Catalonia, Cerdanya, Roussillon and the lordship of Montpellier. And since the 13th century also began the proyection of the Aragonese Crown through the Mediterranean... Corsica, Sardinia, duchies of Athens and Neopatria until 1388, and the kingdoms of Sicily (from 13th century) and Naples (from 15th century). Bari belonged to this kingdom until the 18th century. The Spanish Netherlands were ruled since Charles V (the only grandson of the "Catholic Monarchs"), was elected Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 1519 until the Treaty of Utrecht 1713, and is during this time when there is such influence coming from Bari, a city in the Spanish Kingdom of Naples. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 217.235.168.115 (talk) 00:19, 9 January 2011 (UTC)

Zwarte Piet[edit]

In many other countries, Saint Nicholas has helpers who look like devil-like, covered in soot, and who carry rods to beat children and sacks to abduct them in if they misbehave. This is a way of disciplining the children. If the saint's servant or slave looked sooty according to the earlier tradition, it must have been a relatively small step to turn him into a "moorish" / negro servant or slave. The Dutch involvement in the slave trade and racist "darky" stereoptypes also clearly played a role in the development of "Zwarte Piet". Traditionally, Zwarte Piet was not only threatening but also childlike, generous (he also gives presents), playful and acrobatic (perfoming stunts on the roof while delivering presnents). He thus matched a racist "negro" stereotype. See also the article blackface on darky iconography. "Zwarte Piet" is also mentioned there.

  • colourful Moorish dresses, dating back two centuries.
    The Moorish is doubtful. Using the dutch language wiki as a source, there are several possible origins of Zwarte Piet: a) captured devil b) Italian chimneysweeper c) Moorish helper d) black slave boy bought into freedom by sinterklaas
    The same sentence doesnt make clear what dates back two centuries: the black piet or his dress. The Dutch wiki calls it early 17th century looking cloths. That's not 2 centuries. I am not an expert in clothes, so I dare not estimate.
      • It is if you take the Zwarte Piet is a 19th century creation view. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 145.53.234.50 (talk) 15:56, August 25, 2007 (UTC)
  • his origins were in the devil figure
    see above.
  • Traditionally Saint Nicholas only had one helper, whose name varied wildly. "Piet(er)" the name in use now can be traced back to a book from 1891
    According to http://www.kinderboekenwereld.nl/pages/specials/sinterklaas-van-a-tot-z.php Black Pete appears in Sinterklaas boeken from the middle of the 19th century. The book "`St. Nicolaas Geschenk voor Neerlands Jeugd´(1800)" doesnt mention Black Pete. The book mentioned there with the first mention of Black eter is by Schenkman, ca. 1845. The same site mentions the 1891 book as the first book where the name "Zwarte piet" is mentioned, I have added this as a reference.

When I was a child, the Black Peters were also taught to me as Moors from Spain. It can also be found in many childrens books about Sinterklaas. Probably because it were the only black people (the then Habsburgian/Spanish) Netherlands knew before the Age of Discovery, (and maybe on inland Dutch soil quite a while longer).

Note that Black Peter was toned down because of two different political correctnesses. Not only discrimination, but already earlier because it wasn't deemed enlightened anymore to scare the children so much. (Mothers used to scare children for weeks that they would be taken to Spain by Santa and/or get no presents)

88.159.74.100 (talk) 08:48, 27 November 2008 (UTC)


1941 movie showing multiple zwarte pieten prior to the arrival of canadians which the article claims have introduced this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cafx3d60_yo —Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.212.166.78 (talk) 17:36, 1 December 2009 (UTC)

Arrival[edit]

Missing: his arrival is broadcasted on telly.

Shoe[edit]

  • Missing: origins.
  • Children are also told that in the worst case they would be put in the gunny sack should be moved to black pete paragraph.

Pakjesavond[edit]

  • Missing: the packaging of presents as surprise
  • It's not just a family affair, it's also celebrated at sport-clubs, etc.
  • Typical presents include .... Just minor presnts, mainly sweets, are mentioned here. Many families use it as an occasion to give larger presents, comparible with birthday presents.
  • The sentence But the presents may be too big or too man can not be well unerstood from the previous part, as only small presents are mentioned in the preceding paragraph.

TeunSpaans 17:51, 2 December 2006 (UTC)


Not sure about 'packages' as translation of 'pakjes'. Don't you think 'presents' would be more suitable?  Rosalien  14:44, 5 December 2006 (UTC)

I'm Dutch, and packages are not pakjes. Presents — Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.10.75.131 (talk) 10:44, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

Christmas?[edit]

In the text it says that the Christmas gift-giving is a bigger occasion than Sinterklaas gift-giving, but it's not. On the contrary, The santa claus is given hardly any attention. I live in Belgium and Christmas always was bigger when I was younger. But I never believed in Santa Claus but I did believe in Sinterklaas —Preceding unsigned comment added by 81.241.214.123 (talk) 19:45, 16 September 2007 (UTC)

Move to Santa Claus??[edit]

Someone added a template suggesting moving this article to the Santa Claus article. But there is no discussion here, so I removed the template. In stead I suggest moving Santa Claus to a subsection of this article. After all, Sinterklaas is the original. Of course I'm joking, but the suggestion was ridiculous, so I feel I should ridicule it back. :) DirkvdM 18:05, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

Thanks, I am 100% in agreement with you here. Ridiculous merger proposal. - Jvhertum 20:11, 26 September 2007 (UTC)
It is User:The Wild Falcon who proposed it the 2nd time and perhaps the first. Should he do it the third time I'm advocating for a warning or a ban. --Stalfur 11:23, 16 October 2007 (UTC)
That's a bit much, isn't it? Jvhertum 13:18, 16 October 2007 (UTC)
Not when he adds the template to an article repeatedly without giving any reason for why it should be moved. Then it is clearly spam or defacement of the article. --Stalfur 16:34, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

'Recent' commotion?[edit]

It's been in the news during the past few years: some people think the concept of Sinterklaas and his zwarte pieten reminds us too much of a history of slavery and the Dutch colonial past. A rich white man with a band of black followers. The commotion was minor though, and I'm not sure if there'd be reliable sources on this anywhere. --MooNFisH 21:37, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

I disagree; the commotion has not been minor at all, and the debate flares up every year. I added a (hopefully neutral enough) addition to this effect, also adding something about how the festival is celebrated in the former colonies, where I grew up as a child.

Recently the commotion has shifted focus to the Christian imagery and the Muslim perception of same. I just like any excuse for a party, and I am undecided (nor do I particularly care) about the origins of the Petes, but I do feel it deserves a mention.

For backup, a simple search of recent news should do the trick. —Preceding unsigned comment added by KzoneDD (talkcontribs) 02:37, 5 December 2009 (UTC)

arrivals[edit]

Is use usefull to put the arrivals from Sinterklaas in the Netherlands in this article?

year place
1952 t/m 1959 Amsterdam
1960 Rotterdam
1961 t/m 1963 Amsterdam
1964 Hoorn
1965 Leeuwarden *
1966 Harlingen *
1967 Medemblik *
1968 Veere *
1969 Enkhuizen *
1970 Volendam *
1971 Monnickendam *
1972 Willemstad *
1973 Hoorn *
1974 Enkhuizen *
1975 Vlissingen *
1976 Scheveningen *
year place
1977 Muiden *
1978 Medemblik *
1979 Rotterdam *
1980 Veere *
1981 Hindeloopen *
1982 Marken *
1983 Hoorn *
1984 Terschelling *
1985 Heusden *
1986 Zutphen **
1987 Schoonhoven **
1988 Zierikzee **
1989 Gorinchem **
1990 Elburg **
1991 Hindeloopen **
1992 Dordrecht **
year place
1993 Ravenstein **
1994 Monnickendam **
1995 Doesburg **
1996 Harlingen **
1997 Enkhuizen **
1998 Wijk bij Duurstede **
1999 Hattem **
2000 Woudrichem **
2001 Maastricht **
2002 Zaltbommel **
2003 Zwolle **
2004 Alkmaar **
2005 Sneek **
2006 Middelburg **
2007 Kampen **


no stars = Jan Gajentaan —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mweites (talkcontribs) 18:39, 5 December 2007 (UTC)


one star = Adrie van Oorschot


two stars = Bram van der Vlugt


Partial view, 2[edit]

"It is also celebrated to a lesser extent in parts of France (North, Alsace, Lorraine), as well as in Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, the Czech Republic and the town of Trieste in Italy. "

St Nicholas is the patron Saint of Lorraine. 6th December was more important than the Christmas until recently. Not sure the "lesser extent" would apply there.

I added now the information about Italy but, more generally, I am not sure what "lesser extent" means in the interpretation of authors and, more importantly, of readers. In my hometown, Trieste, San Nicolò is considered quite importantly by citizens and children in particular who receive gifts from him. It was more important than Santa Claus and only in the last decades this changed a bit. Morbin (talk) 10:01, 6 December 2007 (UTC)

Maybe you're right, I don't know the situation in Italy, but for example here in Belgium it still is THE most important day of the year for most children, even more than christmas.--Lamadude (talk) 18:12, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

Only one picture?[edit]

The picture of Sinterklaas is that of the dutch 'version'. Isn't there any picture of the flemish 'version'? It would be nice to let it see what difference there is. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bvman (talkcontribs) 19:47, 1 January 2008 (UTC)

I do not know if there is any difference at all, other then that the Flemish Sinterklaas speaks with a soft "g" pronounced differently and lands in a Flemish town rather then in the Netherlands. I can hardly imagine much change... Do the Belgians have a Zwarte Piet figure, by the way? J.B. (talk) 12:25, 24 November 2008 (UTC)

In Flanders there are Zwarte Pieten as well, I don't know about any differences other than the ones allready mentioned in the article: gifts are delivered during the night from 5 to 6 december and found by the children on the 6th, not given to them by their parents. And Sinterklaas can be a little more severe sometimes, though he is nearly always nice as well. --Lamadude (talk) 18:14, 26 November 2008 (UTC)

stoeltje zetten[edit]

When I was young, we didn't have pakjesavond for the smallest of the children. Instead, we would put out a children's chair near the fireplace, instead of a shoe, on the early evening of the 5th, before going to bed. Next morning (sixth of december) the chair would be full of presents (and also underneath it). I don't know however if this was an invention of my parents or if other little children did this as well. We lived in the Northwest of Holland.--Satrughna (talk) 17:33, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

Removal of insulting text[edit]

When reading the wiki I have noticed someone had changed the text in an insulting way. Among others inserted the f-word multiple times. I have removed/changed these texts, but it is possible I missed somes texts or my change was not completely correct. —Preceding unsigned comment added by EJYW (talkcontribs) 11:01, 27 November 2008 (UTC)

Section about WWII[edit]

Sinterklaas is hundreds years old and the section only wrote that Sinterklaas continued during WWII. I think this is not notable and clearly ndue weight. Andries (talk) 18:26, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

Because this article pertains to Dutch history and culture, the section on Sinterklaas in WWII is appropriate; and besides, it is quite interesting, not to mention notable, and provides a window into a crucial period in Dutch history. :There is no need to censor it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Dominee (talkcontribs) 19:08, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

The object of this article is to inform about Sinterklaas. It is irrelevant that the story about Sinterklaas during WWII (which is far too long) "provides a window into a crucial period in Dutch history." Andries (talk) 19:24, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

Saint Martin[edit]

In certain regions of Flanders (and perhaps some parts of the Netherlands as well?) the children's friend bringing presents etc... is not Sinterklaas but Sint-Maarten (see:St._Martin's_Day), although this tradition is slowly being replaced by Sinterklaas, that is slowly being replaced by Santa Claus (or Father Xmas)... --Felix Atagong (talk) 10:00, 23 August 2009 (UTC)

This is incorrect: Sint-Maarten (11th November) is arguably being replaced by Halloween (31st October). At Sint-Maarten children receive candy for singing songs, they don't receive presents. Each year the total revenues of shop keepers show new record sales around Sinterklaas. There are no signs that Sinterklaas is being replaced by Santa Claus.

Odin[edit]

I remember reading about a connection between Sinterklaas and the Norse god Odin. He used to ride on his eight legged white horse, Sleipnir, accompanied by two ravens, Huginn and Muninn, who listened at chimneys and reported everything happening in the world to Odin. I think there's even a story of him giving gifts to children, but I can't find a reference at the moment. The theory is that Sleipnir turned into Amerigo while the ravens turned into Black Petes, sometime when the legend was christined. The article now has a lonely reference to the ravens. We either need tom flesh this out, or remove the reference altogether. I'll see what I can find. SQB (talk) 19:42, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

I have no backup for this, but in college (History major) I was told this was a myth. —Preceding unsigned comment added by KzoneDD (talkcontribs) 02:41, 5 December 2009 (UTC)
The exact details are lost in Time, but as with so many things, Christianity adopted an already well known custom, what that custom was is hard to say without much written texts. Mahjongg (talk) 10:05, 25 December 2009 (UTC)
I did some research in this connection. Someone referred to Phyllis Siefker, who was supposed to claim in chapter 9 of her book Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas, Spanning 50,000 Years that children would place their boots, filled with carrots, straw, or sugar, near the chimney for Odin's flying horse, Sleipnir, to eat. Odin would then reward those children for their kindness by replacing Sleipnir's food with gifts or candy. This practice, she claims, survived in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands after the adoption of Christianity and became associated with Saint Nicholas as a result of the process of Christianization. But I read the hole chapter 9 (in Google Books) and there is nothing about this topic in it. That chapter deals with the origin of elves in connection to Santa Claus. I did a search on key words in the rest of the book: also nothing referring to placing boots and Odin.
I kept the text about the boots and the Odin connection, but placed a remark that it might be folk etymology from the 19th century. I know from my literature studies that in the 19th century under the influence of Romanticism traditions and fairytales were dated way older than they in fact were. I read on the Dutch Wikipedia however, that placing the boots dates back to the 15th century, when poor people placing their shoe in the Sint Nicolaas Kerk in Amsterdam, since Sint Nicolaas is the patron saint of the poor. Still today traditional candy to receive in the shoe is chocolate money. So the fire place and Odin don't make much sence.--nonfictie (talk) 11:47, 14 May 2012 (UTC)

Name day[edit]

Historically saints like Nicholas have a name day, and the name day of St. Nicholas was indeed december 6. However in the netherlands the veneration of the name day's of saints has died out, and most people don't even know what a name day is. So "Sinteklaas day" is always referred to as his birthday, never as his name day. Mahjongg (talk) 10:10, 25 December 2009 (UTC)

Yes I agree, in the Netherlands Sinterklaas is celebrated as his birthday, not his name day. In Belgium, this is probably different. --nonfictie (talk) 11:47, 14 May 2012 (UTC)


Yes, Kids in the Netherlands think sinterklaas still excist. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.10.75.131 (talk) 10:46, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

Merge candidate #daretoask[edit]

What about merging this article with Saint Nicholas? --Flederlander aka Patio (talk) 11:08, 4 December 2010 (UTC)

  • Oppose They have a bit more in common than the Easter bunny and the Tooth fairy, but not much. — Robert Greer (talk) 20:45, 5 December 2010 (UTC)
  • Oppose In addition to that the two old men are too differentiated, this article is also too extensive for a merge. Strictly speaking Santa Claus should than be merged in Saint Nicholas as well. I think it is sufficient that the article of Saint Nicholas have references to Santa Claus and Sinterklaas.--nonfictie (talk) 11:47, 14 May 2012 (UTC)


  • Oppose references should be enough --DDdW (talk) 07:44, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

Not only Dutch-speaking[edit]

I'm under the impression the article suggests that St Nick's day is only a tradition in the Dutch-speaking Belgium. Though it's not ; Saint Nicolas is very popular in Wallonia too, and the traditions attached to his day are really similar to the ones in Flanders. -- LelalMekha — Preceding unsigned comment added by 85.201.126.113 (talk) 18:33, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

Sinterklaas in north (west) Germany[edit]

Dear Walter, still puzzled by your claim Sinterklaas is celebrated by Northern Germans, never saw any proof of that in german TV broadcastings (like the ZDF). Or do you mean the german speaking population of flanders? That would make much more sense, but I cannot read that back in your edit. 17:21, 27 November 2011 (UTC)

No. My relatives in and around Hamburg have spoken of it. --Walter Görlitz (talk) 21:50, 27 November 2011 (UTC)
I have read the [german sinterklaas article], and it doesn't say anything about sinterklaas being celebrated in north Germany, but interestingly it did say that it is celebrated in a different form on some of the Frisian Islands not belonging to the netherlands. Its not exactly sinterklaas, but "Sunderklaas" but its related nevertheless. When googling for for "sinterklaas hamburg" I only find a club of Dutch expatriates who celebrate Sinterklaas in Hamburg. Do you have any references that regular germans celebrate Sinterklaas in Hamburg (or anywhere else in Germany) ? Mahjongg (talk) 17:08, 28 November 2011 (UTC)
since there is no reference, it should be removed, but don't use Wikipedia as a reference. --Walter Görlitz (talk) 17:12, 28 November 2011 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done I removed the mention that Sinterklaas is celebrated in North Germany, but added that its celebrated as "sunderklaas" on the (german) wadden islands, also provided an (English language) reference, and obviously I didn't use Wikipedia as a reference for that. Mahjongg (talk) 17:25, 28 November 2011 (UTC)

I have removed the reference to (Ouwe) Sunderklaas. This feast, as well as related feasts like Klaasohm on Borkum, Opkleden on Vlieland, and Sunderklazen on Ameland, are not the same as Sinterklaas but distinct traditions. See e.g. [1] and [2] - Jvhertum (talk) 10:06, 29 November 2011 (UTC)
You are right, on further examination of the evidence sunderklaas has nothing directly to do with Sinterklaas even though the similar names. Mahjongg (talk) 15:02, 29 November 2011 (UTC)

I Am Expat Citation[edit]

In response to the repeated removal of this citation, I'm adding this topic here. First off, the article contains several citations from much more questionable sources. Citation # 7 leads to a blog called Female Gamers. # 9 and # 11 are also blogs. That aside, I Am Expat is not a blog and those who have removed the citation have not offered much in the way of an argument explaining why the source is not valid. The comments made thus far amount to "it's a blog" (it isn't) and "there's no editorial oversight (actually, there is). The publication does contain a blog but, then again, so does The New York Times. Perhaps this is why they're confused? The article in question is not a blog post. Manzanitasyndrome (talk) 12:00, 13 December 2011 (UTC)

Might be but besides the obvious fact that the link isn't a reliable source as stated by multiple persons the "conclusions" of this publication also present a very minority POV without enough editorial oversight, and citing it gives undue weight to this POV. Besides you have put the link back again without finishing this discussion, which is very bad form. Mahjongg (talk) 13:31, 13 December 2011 (UTC)
Here's the thing: these "multiple persons" are offering what amounts to knee-jerk reactions to the citation. They offer no proof of their claims. It's pretty obvious that the site in question is not a blog, although they continue to call it such. They're writing it off without properly investigating it. If my behavior is bad form, well, theirs is a bit deplorable, especially given the fact that this article contains other blog posts. Manzanitasyndrome (talk) 10:48, 16 December 2011 (UTC)
Your shit got canned. PWNT 2602:306:BC83:DC10:B841:65CF:1532:D3A0 (talk) 23:53, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

source(s) for santa claus[edit]

Many other sources on wikipedia make it clear that Sinterklaas was the main source for santa claus, with some influences added from father christmas. So this already an establish fact. Still the lede only says that Sinterklaas was "one of the sources", which doesn't give enough weight to his role in the emergence of the legend of Santa. As for example indicated in the article A Visit from St. Nicholas, which clearly stated the influence of Dutch tradition on this poem that more or less defined his legend. Not to mention the conversion of "Sinterklaas" to "Santa claus" itself which makes this point very evident. I pledge that the lede should mention that Sinterklaas is the main source for Santa Claus, not just "a source". Mahjongg (talk) 13:46, 13 December 2011 (UTC)

There are also many sources that say that The Central European St. Nicholas and the British Father Christmas play as much of a role. The problem is you're using sources that are trying to push Sinterklaas and so they are bias. Using Wikipedia as a source is not reasonable, but Sinterklaas is not mentioned in the article.
Main concern, where's Zwarte Piet in the North American version? Where is the North Pole in the Dutch version? How did Sinterklaas' horse become a team of reindeer/caribou? They are a nordic invention. Nicholas is a bishop and wears red just as Sinterklaas. Just leave the lede the way it is because for every source you come up with that says Sinterklaas is the main source I can come up with one that says some other thing is the main source. --Walter Görlitz (talk) 15:09, 13 December 2011 (UTC)
Obviously Santa Claus is an amalgamate of different influences. I'm still convinced that the main ingredient of it is "Sinterklaas", and yes, there were many interpretations made, such as changing his "black helper" to (perhaps more PC) elves, and changing his white horse riding on rooftops to reindeers flying through the sky, but these are all elements copied from Sinterklaas, not from father christmas. Also the tradition emerged from New-York, the former New-Amsterdam, where Dutch colonist celebrated Sinterklaas. The main obvious reason to say that Santa Claus is a re-interpretation from Sinterklaas is simply that Santa Claus is an obvious Dutchism of the word Sinterklaas.
Anyway, I don't want to make a big point of it, readers themselves can make such conclusions if they read the facts. Mahjongg (talk) 11:39, 16 December 2011 (UTC)
I agree with the New Amsterdam/New York influence the modern US Santa Claus, but we need a source for it. There was a radio broadcast on it on the CBC in the 1980s but that's not much help. We needs someone to state the fact (a.k.a. WP:RS). --Walter Görlitz (talk) 15:04, 16 December 2011 (UTC)
What about this? [3] It should be a fine reliable source. Also, what I myself did not realize is that the because the patron saint of Amsterdam is St' Nicholas it is also the patron saint of New York! I have visited the St' Nicholas church in Amsterdam myself, its close to the harbor (because St' Nicholas is also the patron saint of sailors, But I digress. Mahjongg (talk) 09:00, 17 December 2011 (UTC)
I don't know if it's a reliable source, but it doesn't look too bad. --Walter Görlitz (talk) 16:28, 17 December 2011 (UTC)
I've read the strong Dutch influence of Sinterklaas in Santa Claus is very much Washington Irving's doing. The poem A Visit from St. Nicholas clearly states Irving's influence. The link Mahjongg gives form the nicolascenter.org also notes that Irving's description is "satirical fiction", so maybe we shouldn't take it to much as historically true (he did write to please his audience). By the way, the link also notes: "Along with appearance changes, the saint's name shifted to Santa Claus—a natural phonetic alteration from the German Sankt Niklaus". Which debunks the Sinterklaas transformation (Claus (or Klaus) being a German short form for Nikolaus also makes this link more probable than the Dutch Klaas). The Germans also took Belsnickel with them from Europe, a celebration connected to Saint Nicholas, a gift bringing figure dressed in fur and with bells. Phyllis Siefker connects him more to Santa (although her book, Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men, isn't a very good read, and I wouldn't call it a reliable source). I do think you see the tenure shifting to a wider approach (were do the elf's, furry coat, north pole etc come from if it is mainly Sinterklaas being taken into account?). Joost 99 (talk) 12:30, 29 December 2011 (UTC)


Dubious and unsourced stuff[edit]

'Traditionally, some goods (often carrots and straw) are "sacrificed" to Sinterklaas and his horse, much like the sacrifices of the pagan Germanics.' Leaving food out is hardly 'sacrifice', he even had to put it in quotes because it is such a stretch. In addition there is no academic support cited for this food-leaving being rooted in pagan sacrifice, so I will be removing it. The entire first section smacks of neopagan straw-grasping, to be honest. 2602:306:BC83:DC10:B841:65CF:1532:D3A0 (talk) 23:56, 27 November 2012 (UTC)


New name for this article?[edit]

As many other before me have noticed, the name of this article suggests that Saint Nikolaus is celebrated only in the Netherlands, and only with the name of Sinterklass. I'd like the whole article to be renamed as "Saint Nikolaus' fest" or something like that, since all the names provided after are cases of linguistic distortion. [SVecchiato unlogged] — Preceding unsigned comment added by 91.141.2.174 (talk) 10:06, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

Edit: I would also link this article to the Russian "Grandfather Frost" s_vecchiato unlogged — Preceding unsigned comment added by 77.119.129.136 (talk) 12:05, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

There is already an article about Saint Nicholas and Feast of St. Nicholas. This is about the Dutch character Sinterklaas.-- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 17:11, 1 January 2014 (UTC)