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Sinterklaas is Coming to Town….
The tradition of Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) arrived in North America with Dutch Settlers to New Amsterdam, now New York, in the 17th century. At the time, the gift-giving at the celebration of St. Nicholas’ feast day was separate from the celebration of Christmas on December 25. As a result, the English-speaking community adopted him as Santa Claus. Since then, he has remained the patron of the gift-giving festivity of Christmas. Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) is known as Father Christmas in the United Kingdom.
Published November 23, 2022
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