donderdag 2 december 2010

Sinterklaas nails

Sinterklaas is a Dutch holiday. We celebrate it on the 5th of december. I don't celebrate it this year but I did wanted to make some Sinterklaas nails.

My nails are little presents wrapped in China Glaze Sexagon from the Kaleidoscope collection. Every finger has a different bow matching to the Black Petes and Sinterklaas hats, stamped with Konad SN yellow, red, blue, green and imageplate M3. The Black Petes and Sinterklaas are self made water decals.

Now for my international readers some information about our Sinterklaas holiday, I got this information from a website (read more info about Sinterklaas) because it will take me to long to try to explain it in English myself ;)

Sinterklaas is an old man, who has been around for a very long time, like santa. And like santa he likes to hand out presents. Sinterklaas lives in Spain and once a year he comes to the Netherlands on his steamboat for his birthday. He arrives at the end of November together with his helpers and his white horse. The helpers are called Black Petes. They are black because they are always crawling through the chimneys of every house to deliver the presents. As soon as the Sint is in the country, kids all over get excited. Every week they get to put one shoe under the chimney. In your shoe you put carrots for the Sints horse, and a present wish list. And often something sweet to chew on, for the Sint and his helpers. The kids also sing Sinterklaas songs, to get the Sint in a good mood. Then at night, Sint and his Petes walk over the roofs and the Petes jump down the chimneys. They collect the things in the shoes and exchange them for presents and chocolate letters. That is, if you were a good kid all year. If you weren’t you have to watch out, because he just might take you back to Spain with him as punishment.

Then on the fifth of December it is the Sints birthday. This day there is a lot of singing for Sinterklaas. In the evening he and his Petes go around and deliver big bags of presents everywhere. The difference with Christmas presents is that every present has a little poem with it. These poems are usually used to tease people and point out their flaws, but in a funny and nice way.

Photo without flash under artificial light.

Here a picture of how Sinterklaas and his Black Petes look like as a person.

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