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2018.11.16 Merry Sinterklaas … euh Christmas

Christmas cup

Fortunately, this is a paper cup. Because otherwise, it would never have given me the Merry Christmas Feeling. Which I never have, but that’s another story.

What is interesting, is that restaurants start to celebrate Christmas way before Christmas. When I was young there usually were a lot of different other days to celebrate before it was Christmas. Such as Sinterklaas, Saint Nicholas. With Sinterklaas, I always got way more presents than with Christmas. Christmas was a time to eat and drink.

At present, Sinterklaas is a highly controversial event in the Netherlands. That’s because he has a Black Piet who features like Sinterklaas-help. The story of the Black Piet is that he started to be Sinterklaas’s help in the Middle Ages when he still was a slave. Although most modern Black Piets are just painted white labor ‘slaves’, this old slave business still warms a lot of the hearts of the remnants of the Black Slave Piet. They oppose the existence of the Black Piet as part of a celebration.

In honor of the 40 million slaves that still wander around in this modern world, it’s admirable that people still support their slave’ relatives from the Middle Ages. Before I forget, let’s not make an issue of the black paper cup. Because there is not any relation. For those that still cherish, have some nice days.


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