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Here, looking almost like the leg of the stocking flowing into the huge Dutch shoe, these wide-eyed children peek to see what St. Nicholas has left them. Staging typical scene are, from bottom up, Peter, 4; Arnolda, 6; Nellie, 7; Hans, 12; Jo-anne, 9; Jane, 15; and Elizabeth 13, children of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Von Brekel, of 165 Railway Ave., Strathroy, Ontario. 

Date(s)

ca. 1960's

Place

Strathroy, Ontario

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

Scope and content

Immigrants who have come to Canada from many different countries have brought with them the legends and traditions of their own people to add rich threads of colour to the Canadian fabric. Most colourful of all the traditions are those that relate to the observance of Christmas. Netherlands immigrants in Canada still mark Sinterklaas Day on December 5th, with a visit from good Saint Nicholas who travels on a white horse accompanied by his servant, Black Peter. The children put out their wooden shoes on the eve of Sinterklaas Day, filled with hay and a carrot for Saint Nicholas' horse. In return the good saint brings to the children if they have been good; but if they have been bad, Black Peter is there to chastise them with the rod he carries. December 25 is celebrated as a religious event, with Christmas trees alight with candles, and marzipan and fine pastries for all to eat.

Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Nil
Item no. (creator)
2506
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
06272.2
90: Open
Other accession no.
1972-047 NPC

Terms of use

Credit: Citizenship and Immigration / London Free Press / Library and Archives Canada
Restrictions on use: Nil
Copyright: Library and Archives Canada

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Additional information

Series title
Dutch

Signatures and inscriptions
Department of Citizenship and Immigration. Information Division. Immigrants who have come to Canada from many different countries have brought with them the legends and traditions of their own people to add rich threads of colour to the Canadian fabric. Most colourful of all the traditions are those that relate to the observance of Christmas. Netherlands immigrants in Canada still mark Sinterklaas Day on December 5th, with a visit from good Saint Nicholas who travels on a white horse accompanied by his servant, Black Peter. The children put out their wooden shoes on the eve of Sinterklaas Day, filled with hay and a carrot for Saint Nicholas' horse. In return the good saint brings to the children if they have been good; but if they have been bad, Black Peter is there to chastise them with the rod he carries. December 25 is celebrated as a religious event, with Christmas trees alight with candles, and marzipan and fine pastries for all to eat. Here, looking almost like the leg of the stocking flowing into the huge Dutch shoe, these wide-eyed children peek to see what St. Nicholas has left them. Staging typical scene are, from bottom up, Peter, 4; Arnolda, 6; Nellie, 7; Hans, 12; Jo-anne, 9; Jane, 15; and Elizabeth 13, children of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Von Brekel, of 165 Railway Ave., Strathroy, Ontario. Cit. & Imm. Photo from London Free Press.

Government

Other system control no.

3613747