I just returned from a weekend with my girlfriends family in Holland to celebrate Sinterklaas, an old tradition that a lot of our modern Christmas traditions are based upon. To boil it down; it is a tradition where Sinterklaas arrives by boat from Spain with his little black helper Schwarte Piet to give presents to the good children and the bad kids gets a good old fashioned beating with a stick.

It was a lot of fun actually. There are some really great traditions tied to it. For instance: You dont giftwrap your presents in plain packages. You build the present into a papermache sculpture that somehow represents the person who is to receive it. Together with the present you write the receiver a mocking poem from Piet and Sinterklaas. I dont want to bore you with a lot of family pictures here. Ill only show a few of the highlights. And for the note: It was mindblowing to see how creative people were, and for all people who claim that they aren't creative at all. I will never be able to show them anything i did ever again...

I did a replica of Eva's dad in papermache + a painting of him for his new hair salon.

Evas Dad on the other hand made a pretty cool replica of Nemo for Evas sister, Serah (who at the time is working at a fish-store)

Serah made me an awesome surprise - a remake of one of my paintings - The fox from "I cant play anymore lovesongs". She has been working on it for 6 weeks, and it turned out pretty darn cool. Oh, and apparently goo is supposed to be a part of the presents...

Eva's little sisters boyfriend, Remco, made a HLM plane for Evas other sister (Loneke) out of old soda-bottles... She is working at KLM and is bearing a child who at the moment only is known as Hankie. Thereby the H. - Heres the disassembling of the whole thing...

Happt sint y'all

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