Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 8, 2021


The Netherlands: The real saint nick
In some European countries, particularly The Netherlands, December 5 is the day for gift giving. Saint Nicholas Day commemorates the fourth-century bishop known for his generosity. He was buried in what was Myra, Turkey, but his remains were stolen and brought to Bari, Italy where he became extraordinarily popular during the Middle Ages. In Holland, he’s known as Sinterklaas. His Feast (or Celebration) Day is December 5 (or 6 in Germany, for example), which is when he arrives on horseback accompanied by “Black Peter,” a freed slave or a Moor, depending on your sources. Traditionally kids leave their shoes on windowsills for him to fill with sweets; they leave a bit of grain or a carrot for his four-legged friend.

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