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Edgar’s Blog: Sinterklaas

Last Saturday Sinterklaas came to town!

Sinterklaas is the holy saint of the Dutch folks. Where the rest of the world is celebrating Christmas, the Dutch have Sinterklaas. And a lot of Dutch families celebrate both holidays. The story of Sinterklaas is quite interesting.

Sinterklaas aka Sint lives in Madrid and every year he comes to visit the Netherlands. He travels by boat, a classic old steamboat. He brings lots of his helpers and also his white horse along on board. Each year he arrives in a different city and this year it will be Maasland. There will be a big parade with Sint on his white roan (horse), Amerigo. His helpers will handout small biscuits called ”pepernoten”.

On the 5th of December the holy saint celebrates his birthday by giving presents to all of the children that have been good. If you haven’t behaved Sint and his helpers will take you on the boat to Spain and teach you some manners for a year. This is supposed to be a punishment but most kids wish they could go off to Spain with Sint and his helpers.

The night of 4 to 5 December Sint and his helpers will climb the roofs of all the Dutch families. Sinterklaas even goes on his horse down the chimney. Must be one flexible horse… His helpers carry all the presents and drop them off through the chimney. Children often leave a carrot or the like for the horse of Sint, Amerigo. They have to be done just before sunrise. The next morning children go wild when they come downstairs and see what Sinterklaas has left them.

It may sound impossible but hey, Santa Clause has a flying sleigh with flying  reindeers! One thing is certain, Sinterklaas has a sweet tooth! . Specially ”gevulde speculaas” with my masala chai tea!

In the Netherlands Sinterklaas, AKA Dutch Santa, is coming to town this Saturday. That means you will see spiced biscuits everywhere! My Masala chai tea goes very well with spiced biscuits. So therefore you all get 15% discount on my Masala chai this week while stocks last. Also take a look at my Sint boxes. A great pressie for that big bag. My tea and Tony’s Chocolonely!

Sinterklaas With Edgar’s Tea box and Tony’s Chocolonely with Peppernoten –  buy now!

Sinterklaas With Edgar’s Sock Box and Tony’s Chocolonely with Peppernoten –  buy now!

a little party never killed nobody party season

Edgar’s Blog: Party season

Party, party and party some more this season!

Enjoy oneself at a party or other lively gathering, typically with drinking and music. “put on your glad rags and party!”

synonyms: celebrate, have fun, enjoy oneself, have a party, have a good/wild time, rave it up, carouse, make merry; More

So put on your glad rags and party. November is here and the party season has started. Why is it that humans just like to party? Partying is seen as a part of our primal instincts. Early humans might have danced to attract a mate, as far back as 1.5 million years ago. It has also been suggested by some researchers that those who had a feeling of rhythm may have had a evolutionary advantage over their peers. The acts of moving together (dancing)  is what is believed to have been a way for our ancestors to bond.

One French sociologist has suggested that when partying people feel a certain “electricity” when they are in close contact with others. The feeling is then released to other party-goers, which sends them into a high degree of collective emotional excitement. I am sure that most of us have indeed had this experience at parties.

What makes someone the life and soul of the party? Well this is usually someone who is energetic and funny and also the centre of the dancing activity. This behaviour in turn attracts more of us to join in and “join the party” It makes sense then, that sometimes when we are excluded from a special party that we sometimes feel left out That’s why some peeps have turned party crashing into a real art. Check this link out for some tips. http://lifehacker.com/how-to-get-into-exclusive-parties-and-clubs-without-an-1453378483

Well whatever party you have in the agenda this party season. Remember even if it does not always feel good moving out of your comfort zone it is something your ancestors have been doing for years. So go on and move! Just like Driss in the brilliant movie The Intouchables.