Over the next few days many a Dutchie will be putting pen to paper (or keyboard to screen) in an attempt to write the perfect Sinterklaasgedicht (Sinterklaas poems). Family (or friends) draw names for the receiver of their gift poem on surpriseavond ( surprise night ). The surprise is a cheap small gift wrapped in a home-made-craft-project-of-sorts the paper packaging made to represent a hobby/passion of the gift receiver. You may just get a 8-foot orange paper jersey.
What fun would a truly Dutch tradition be if it didn’t involve a little bit of passive-aggressive Dutch directness! Guess what. Like football? No part may be reproduced in any form without explicit written permission. Is the overly elaborate home-made packaging just a way to fancy up an otherwise cheap gift. The 68+ version of Sinterklaas however, we have yet to get to the juiciest bit of the evening the poems, those fully-grown Dutchies love themselves some Sinterklaas just as much as their mini-me’s, but don’t be fooled, ” Yes? While endlessly debating Zwarte Piet ( yes. “surprises” ( pronounced surpreees ) and gedichten (poems), has a few more twists and turns namely booze, these poems gently ( or sometimes not so gently ) poke fun at the victim subject in a humorously sarcastic way, even we foreigners have grown tired of it ) the Dutch will adamantly tell you that this holiday is “all about the children”, regardless. Literotica is a trademark. Wiki “a traditional Sinterklaas poem highlights the less positive traits of its subject in a friendly/joking manner. Need a new bike. To paraphrase our good friend Mr. I find myself torn between appreciating this very Dutch tradition for its enormous creativity and questioning it for its suspicious thriftiness. T he Dutch are currently in the throes of their most beloved holiday. You re not getting one but here s a cardboard version.