One year ago we had the same issue here.
Sinterklaas (Sint Nicolaas) is NOT the Dutch version of Father Christmas! He is the original. And his holiday is not only celebrated in Holland and Belgium, but also in Germany, Switzerland and Russia.
Also: it is not 'rumor has it'. Saint Nicolaus is a real christian saint, with December 6th as his official name-day.
The Brits took Sinterklaas with them to North America, where the poor saint eventually ended up as some kind of McDonalds-type symbol, called Santa Claus.
PieterL: вЂњAnd his holiday is not only celebrated in Holland and Belgium, but also in Germany, Switzerland and Russia.вЂќ
It is celebrated in Bulgaria also--on December 6th as the day of Saint Nikolai or in Bulgarian РЎРІ. РќРёРєРѕР»Р°Р№, Р°СЂС…РёРµРї. РњРёСЂР»РёРєРёР№СЃРєРё, С‡СѓРґРѕС‚РІРѕСЂРµС† (РќРёРєСѓР»РґРµРЅ).
Aren't all these people (Sinterklas, St. Nikolai, Santa) based on this one Christian saint who lived in modern-day Turkey (which is why modern Turks make up a story about how Santa gets into houses through gas valves when there are no chimneys around--I'd like to see how he gets into rural houses where the residents often put screens to keep out the raccoons!!)? In a collective sense, he's celebrated by all. Let's all have a celebrate in 'cause it must be Santernikolai!!
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