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I am not good at blogging. A good blogger starts talking about Thanksgiving a month before Thanksgiving, a good blogger posts recipes for Easter a week before Easter, so that people can actually use the recipe, a good bloggerbakes Christmas cookies in November.. I am not a good blogger.

Two days ago Holland celebrated Sinterklaas; this is my (late) post about it. It is my favorite time of the year, but also the most hectic. So many things happen and so many things have to be arranged that the Internet passes on the background of life. Roberto and I celebrated it on Monday, because Sinterklaas had a heavy gift for me (geez, I still can’t believe what I got!!), and couldn’t travel around the Netherlands with it, so he decided to stop early at my place. We lit candles, sang songs, ate chocolate and pepernoten and unwrapped presents. Such a nice evening!

Sinterklaas arrives in town around the end of November and he starts wandering through the cities on his white horse with his little helpers, the Zwarte Pieten. He meets children, gives them small presents if they sing for him and give the horse a carrot. He also brings lots of sweets: he trows Pepernoten in the room, so that children can look for them, he brings everyone a chocolate bar in the shape of the initial of the person’s name, he brings taai taai and marzipan.. and this year I got it all and I ate it all!

.. oh, yeah, and you have to bake Speculaas (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg and pepper combined in a delicious cookie anyone? You’ll find the recipe here)

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