Thursday, November 26, 2009

Giving Thanks

november 26 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

for those who celebrate it.

Here in this area we're not celebrating something like thanksgiving.
We're preparing for Sinterklaas.

From the second half of november until the night of 5 to 6 december it's Sinterklaastime.

It's the presents taken out of Christmas.

Little children are allowed to put their shoes ready (almost) every evening, with a carrot for the horse of Sinterklaas. In the morning they'll find a small present.
Their gratitude is expressed in songs.

More grown ups restrict their presents to the evening of december 5 and share them with or without poems in the family, group or, like we did when the children were young, with the last presents for the children on the table.
The morning of december 6 they would find their presents and spend all day feeling happy and grateful. (Or angry because they didn't get what they want. LOL!)

It makes christmas a much more pure and more spiritual event, and gratitude more of a daily feeling during the darkest time of the year.

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