Just "één nachtje slapen" (sleep one night) and we Dutch celebrate the birthday of Saint Nicolas, aka "Sinterklaas" (ring any bells?). Many families will somehow plot to get a large sack of presents at their front door and have someone - which we will tell our kids was "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete, Sinterklaas's trusty helper), but is more likely to be a friendly neighbour - bang on the door. Anyway, don't let me explain all the intricacies of this typical Dutch holiday, David Sedaris is much better at it.
Just one thing, David... Saint Nicolas actually was a bishop.
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