Sinterklaasje, kom maar binnen

The Dutch have a different set of December celebrations to us Aussies. They seperate the religious celebration of Christmas from the ‘Santa Claus’ celebration. Of course, they don’t have Santa Claus. They have Sinterklaas, on whom Santa Claus was based. Every December, Sinterklaas comes to the Netherlands from Spain, by steamboat. He mounts his trusty schimmel horse, brings his Moorish helpers (Black Petes), and traverses the country. The Piets throw candy to the good children, and put the bad children in a sack to take back to Spain. Sinterklaas Day is on December 6th, but it is celebrated on the evening of December 5th with joke gifts and humorous poems. Every year I am required to learn a new Sinterklaas song and sing it to Kirsten’s parents, Henk and Bea. This year I learned and sang Sinterklaasje, kom maar binnen.

Sinterklaasje, kom maar binnen met je knecht,
want we zitten allemaal even recht.
Misschien heeft u wel even tijd,
voordat u weer naar Spanje rijdt.

Sinterklaasje kom maar even bij ons aan,
en laat uw paardje maar buiten staan.

En we zingen en we springen en we zijn zo blij,
want er zijn geen stoute kinderen bij.
En we zingen en we springen en we zijn zo blij,
want er zijn geen stoute kinderen bij.

Kapoentje!

Now playing: The Doors – When the Music’s Over

1 comment

  1. Did you know that a “kapoenjte” is actually a castratet rooster? I haven’t quite figured out yet what that has tot do with Sinterklaas. Do you?

    See ya!

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