(Orange City) — It’s the Christmas season. All over you hear about Santa, reindeer and kids making their lists and checking them twice, but what about Sinterklaas, Piet and wooden shoes full hay and carrots?
Cheryl Buntsma is a member of the Dutch Heritage Boosters. She explains what families do to prepare for Sinterklaas.
Sinterklaas and his helper Piet then give gifts, goodies and candies to the children who have been good, and the sticks to those who have been naughty.
Buntsma says that the origin of Sinterklaas is what really makes the day special.
Festivities start at 3pm in Orange City’s Windmill Park where a white horse will bring in Sinterklaas with Piet at his side. They will parade down to city hall where there will be many activities including Dutch games and a puppet show that celebrates and explains the meaning behind the holiday. All children will receive a treat from Sinterklaas. Following the celebration there will be a free will donation pizza party to benefit The Bridge. (News report by Angela Drake, KLEM News)