made of finest mohair
with music box playing "zie ginds komt de stoomboot"
with traditional high-quality St. Nicholas outfit
with genuine metal crosier
with safety eyes
stuffed with synthetic filling material
limited edition of 1,500 pieces for the Netherlands, Belgium and France in 2003
unique number #29 (!)
with gold-plated "Button in Ear"
27 cm / 10.6 inches
brand new with numbered certificate of origin and limited edition red velvet bag
CAUTION! This product is not a toy and is intended for adult collectors only.
Nicholas, born in Turkey during the third century, became known for his generosity to those in need, his concern for sailors (Patron Saint) and above all his love for children. Many legends tell the tale of his life. As Bishop of Myra he died on December 6th, 343 AD. This day has become a day of celebration in many European Countries, St. Nicholas Day, a day for gift giving and merrymaking for all the young and young at heart.
The Dutch Tradition:
The Dutch tradition of "Sinterklaas" begins at the beginning of November. The shop windows start to fill up with all the Sinterklaas attributes: gift-wrapped cardboard boxes, replicas of Sinterklaas and "Zwarte Piet" (Black Pete), chocolate letters and “pepernoten”. Halfway through November there is a big spectacle when he arrives in the Netherlands. A television crew awaits his arrival at one of the more photogenic ports where he docks his steam boat full of presents, Zwarte Pieten, and his horse. They are welcomed by a huge audience of parents and children.
Sinterklaas simultaneously arrives at every city or village in the Netherlands. He goes on a tour through the village accompanied by several Zwarte Pieten, who hand out (throw actually) different types of sweets around for children. After this day, Sinterklaas begins his assessment of all the children's behaviour in the past year, and proceeds to hand out presents. It all culminates on December 5th in the evening.