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Christmas traditions

Dutch traditions rooted in Old World

Sinterklaas is shown in his traditional bishop’s garb.
Sinterklaas is shown in his traditional bishop’s garb.
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In early December, when Americans are busy with Christmas shopping and baking, the Dutch are having fun with their families and neighbors. On Dec. 5, the eve of St. Nicholas Day, a red-caped bishop with a long white beard called Sinterklaas brings chocolate and presents to good little boys and girls. During the night, he rides through the air on a white horse, dropping gifts down the chimneys. Schenectady residents Anneke Bull and Jenny Overeynder ...


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