Sin­terk­laas is com­ing to town

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There wouldn’t be a Santa Claus if it weren’t for Sin­terk­laas.

Sin­terk­laas and Santa are ba­si­cally the same char­ac­ter. Santa orig­i­nally was Sin­terk­laas at first but evolved into a closely re­lated but al­to­gether com­pletely dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter.

Sin­terk­laas is the pa­tron saint of Amsterdam, of sailors and chil­dren.

In late Novem­ber a few weeks be­fore his ac­tual birthday, the good man sails in from Spain by boat with his horse Amerigo as well as his helpers, the “Pi­eten.”

Up un­til his birthday on De­cem­ber 6, chil­dren leave their shoes by the fire­place and fill them with car­rots and hay for the horse. Cho­co­lates or lit­tle presents can be found the next morn­ing un­less the child has been naughty, in which case he or she re­ceives a note say­ing that if he or she does not clean up his/her act, there will be no gifts and even worse, the name will be put in the naughty book.

This year, Sin­terk­laas will make a very spe­cial ap­pear­ance De­cem­ber 3 at Dutch Touch Gro­ceries. If you would like your child to have a one-on-one visit with Sin­terk­laas, please con­tact Jackie at 613-525-4054, or e-mail dutch­touch­gro­ceries@hot­

I’ve al­ways been pas­sion­ate about vis­ual aes­thet­ics and beauty per­cep­tion. Af­ter 10 years in graphic de­sign, I’ve been through the whole colour scheme! Why Left & Write? I am am­bidex­trous. Which means that I ac­com­plish cer­tain tasks with my right hand such as us­ing a com­puter mouse, and other tasks with my left hand,

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