Today is December 5, and as I'm quickly learning, the day the Dutch celebrate Sinterklaas.
About a month ago I was in the Dutch store here in Grand Rapids (the Netherlands of North America), and saw a display filled with chocolate letters. A sign explained that part of the Sinterklaas tradition is giving chocolate bars in the shape of the first letter of one's name. So, I bought an "N" for my new Dutch friend. I put it in a red bag with a note that he couldn't open it until today. He opened it at midnight and somehow I managed to surprise him. Either that, or he was being very kind. That wouldn't surprise me.
He promised to do a post explaining the celebration better than I can, so click here to read what he has to say.
You can also learn more here.