As the community manager of the Netherlands I'd like to share an important Dutch family tradition with you, known as Sinterklaas, or St Nicolas.
The 5th of December is the annual celebration of the birthday of Saint Nicolas, even if the day is no longer associated with any religion. For most Dutch people it is the chief occasion to give and receive gifts and get together with their close family. For some it is an even bigger celebration than Christmas. The occasion is also celebrated on a smaller scale in other countries such as Belgium, Germany and France.
Sinterklaas is an old man (nobody knows his age, but he is definitely over a 100 years old) with a long red cape, a mitre, a long gold coloured staff and a big red and gold book that has information about each and every child.