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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!

Edgar's Blog. Halloween. Turtle pumpkin

Edgar’s Blog: Halloween

The origins of Halloween

Modern Halloween has become less about literal ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes and sweeties. However, Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

People gathered with the druids to build bonfires and to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.


The Romans arrived and their ceremony to remember the dead, also in October, was incorporated with the Celtic one of Samhain.  After that with the arrival of Christianity, All Souls Day was also absorbed. This ceremony was celebrated in a similar fashion to Samhain; bonfires and dressing up as saints, angels and devils. This ceremony was also called All Hallows and finally the Celtic and Christian ceremonies merged into All Hallows Eve and eventually Halloween.


With the movement of European immigrants into America the traditions of Halloween were transferred across the Atlantic. Today the Americans celebrate Halloween big style. Try a trip to New York around this day. Great to get involved!

Don’t want to dress up like a ghost? I made a special Halloween sock box! Bloody red and pumpkin orange socks. You can still celebrate but just a bit more subtle.

Buy the Halloween sock box! 


Cheers and pumpkins Edgar


Father's day sock box with Barouffe lether key chain. Red and blue pair of socks in a box

Edgar’s blog: Father’s Day

Father’s Day. So why do we celebrate father’s day?

Father’s Day falls in a host of countries around the world on the 19th June 2016. As with most things the exact origins of Father’s Day are disputed but we can say that the movement for a dedicated day for father started about 100 years ago in the USA. The first official day for father seems to have been in 1910. Father’s day is celebrated differently around the world. While, for example, in UK and the Netherlands you can expect breakfast in bed, a home made card and maybe a little pressie, in Germany they have slightly bent the meaning towards a “bender” and spend the day hiking and drinking beer with other men. Sounds like a good plan I can hear a few of you thinking.

In many countries it is true that children make handcrafted gifts for their fathers. A nice touch in this consumer driven society. What can make father’s day funny are those father’s day jokes.  Have a look at this link. But also imagining the  things that your father would never say to you, for example:

“Can you turn up that music?”

“Go ahead and take my truck. Here’s 50 euro for petrol.”

“I LOVE your tattoo. We should both get new ones.”

“Here, you take the remote.”

So go on spoil the old man this coming Father’s day perhaps with some kind words, something special or just an hour of your time for some job he needs doing.  “Thanks mate.”

Buy you Father’s Day sock box!

Edgar’s blog: Socks with Edgar

For many, an old friend in a new package with an improved button system. They stay together even better in the wash now. I have introduced a line of straight colours that are a lively match with every outfit. Lively but not OTT at least until you kick your shoes off.  You always have a friend walking with you. The proof is in the turtle.

Go check out my socks!