The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Northern France
Children in The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Northern France eagerly await the arrival of Sinterklaas during the holiday season, ahead of St. Nicholas Day on December 6. Sinterklaas is a bishop that wears red robes and a tall, pointed mitre on his head. Sinterklaas brings a huge sack full of gifts for the children on his white horse. Families celebrate on St. Nicholas Eve or St. Nicholas Day at home with lots of good food, hot chocolate, and a “letterbanket”, a “letter cake” made in the shape of the first letter of the family’s last name.