December 1, 2007

Canadian Meets Little Sinterklaas

Time prevents us from making any theological comments, on the supposed essence of Christmas, but here is an excerpt from a Canadian woman who encountered Sinterklaas "in the flesh" this year. From Radio Netherlands:

But the best part was meeting three-year-old Riley. Wearing a costume made by his mother, he was the most perfect little Sint I could imagine. When I asked him what the best part of the parade was, he told me - with wide-eyed honesty - that The Real Sinterklaas had shaken his hand.

For me it doesn't matter that he's a Dutch boy celebrating Sinterklaas and I'm a Canadian girl fondly remembering Santa Claus, Riley was the essence of the Christmas spirit: childhood innocence, absolute faith, and simple joy.

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