These days, most children begin to question the existence of St. Nicholas around age six. Sometimes they come up with the question themselves, which makes it a lot easier. You just ask the question back, "What do you think yourself?", and then you gauge immediately where the question comes from: their own doubt that has struck or that friends are talking about it.
Every child is different in this, and when it's time for the truth, that's it. How unfortunate we ourselves sometimes find it. Because say it, singing by garden door or fireplace, that carrot for the horse and the tense little faces, you want to hold onto that, don't you?
Rest assured. For many children, the news does not initially arrive at all. It raises questions like, but how then, who is he then, where did he come from then and the presents then? Repeat the message a few times. Children remember what they want AND can handle; they will naturally come up with more questions. And if the moment is not now, because children also hold on to the magic then next year or the year after. If the moment is really there think together about how to celebrate in the future, that will definitely help!
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5 funny St. Nicholas (food)facts:
- Spiced Bisquit and marzipan used to be candies of love, which you gave to each other. When one of the two lost heart, they would break the candy figure in half. That's where the expression "breaking someone's heart" comes from.
- A cake pop was then given as a gift to someone you really didn't like. Just so you know...
- "Sinterklaas kapoentje" means strange bugger, rascal, scoundrel, bandit and more. The word kapoentje is derived from the old swear word "kampoen. A well-known nineteenth century popular story was about "Klaes Kapoen," a rascal. That's probably where the song comes from.
- That ginger bread nuts are a typical Dutch tradition, but also abroad. In Denmark, Germany and the United States, ginger bread nuts are on the table at Christmas. In the Netherlands, we eat an average of about 400 ginger bread nuts per person per year.
- In the Czech Republic Sinterklaas is called Mikulas, and he looks a little less cozy than in the Netherlands, as he has a devil and angel with him. With every home visit, the Saint gets a drink. Hiccups ...