Dank u, Sinterklaasje
Being a military brat of a certain age,I spent much of my childhood in various post-war Imperial outposts, and my earliest memories come from the time we spent in Holland. I learned to speak Dutch right along with English (later forgotten unfortunately) and for quite a few years after we came back to the states my parents would pay me a dime to sing
Sinterklaas, kapoentje for their friends.
Via #everyoneontheinternet, this David Sedaris telling of the Dutch Christmas story is hilarious --- and true. Dutch Christmas is different than ours. Very different.