St Nicholas - Sinterklaas - Santa Claus - Our heritage.


Ramsgate, Australia

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When the Dutch moved into New Amsterdam, which became New York, they took with them, the Sinterklaas (St Nicholas) tradition.
They started speaking English and Sinterklaas became Santa Claus.
The Dutch Australian Cultural Centre conducted a survey, which became known, as the DIMEX Project.
(Dutch Immigration Experience).
When it came to asking the Dutch immigrants, here, in NSW, whether their children knew much about their Dutch heritage, Sinterklaas was mentioned, almost every time.

At the time of writing this, I am about to meet up with my, now adult, Australian-born son and daughter, to go and celebrate Sinterklaas with them, and my father, their Opa.
He is now in a retirement village.

I was there, this morning. Played a lot of traditional Sinterklaas songs, for Sinterklaas, and the residents, and the children who had been invited.

(No doubt, none of the children were of Dutch background.)

I played the piano-accordeon. I know! I know! Definition of a gentleman is One who can play the piano accordeon, but doesn’t.!
This year, I was accompanied by a young lady, playing the violin. I am tempted to write: We made beautiful music together! but you’ll only make fun of it!
I’m in awe of her talent. It really was great fun!

This may seem corny too, but this fits into both the groups that I look after:
Sinterklaas is definitely the bridge between their Australian culture and Dutch heritage, for Australian kids, who have one or more Dutch-born (grand-) parents!


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