Weekly challenge - Lighten Up Francis!! 12/2 - 12-8

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  1. jcdeboever

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    That's right, we call it Sinterklaasfeest or simply Sinterklaas.
     
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    I think this is something every American knows already, but I'll tell it anyway.
    Every year on the 5th of December, it's the anniversary of a very special person, namely Sint Nicolaas or Sinterklaas as he is simply called.
    The American Santa Claus is a corruption of the Dutch name Sinterklaas and the Sint Nicolaas celebration which was taken to North America by Dutch settlers.

    In 1809, in his fictional history of New York, Washington Irving already described a Santa Claus based on, among other things, Dutch Sinterklaas customs.
    Our Sinterklaas rides a white horse, named Amerigo, over the roofs of houses and his helpers throw gifts for all children through the chimneys (the entire Sinterklaas party sounds pretty much like Santa Claus and this sleigh, don't you think?). But...our Sinterklaas comes from Spain by steamer and officially he is Bishop of Myra.
    Strangely enough, a bishop seems to have existed centuries ago who distributed candy/food to poor people and children in the Myra (Turkey) region.

    In the past 50 years, the Sinterklaasfeest has almost completely become something for children, where they receive gifts and sweets from Sinterklaas on the evening of the 5th December, nowadays more and more adults give each other presents on the first day (in the Netherlands Christmas officially takes 2 days) of Christmas.

    Presumably the American Santa Claus is a mixture of the Dutch Sinterklaas and English Father Christmas, although also the use of German emigrants, such as Knecht Ruprecht and Pelzmärtel, and the German use of giving each other gifts during Christmas, may have been of influence.
    In the Netherlands and Belgium we've only known "American" Santa only since the end of the 1960s.

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    Shut down to f/22 to allow for 30 second exposure of pre-sunrise light. Colors saturated in photoshop; focus softened in DXO. A really windy morning (Dec. 4) so the trees have some motion blur.
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    Love this reflection. It took a second look for me this morning to get what you had done this morning. I blame my pre-coffee look the first time.
     
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    #5
    Quick visit to Haarlem this afternoon, a Christmas tree at the Sint Bavo.

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    Working hard to get the Christmas tree in place today,
    Market square Haarlem NL

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    I really like all of them, very nice!
     
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    It's Something!
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    IMG_4766.JPG A quick iPhone shot of the Christmas tree in the kitchen, reflected off the refrigerator-mounted dry erase calendar. The photo is titled, "Tuesday, December 5, 2017".

    Had to send it to Facebook and download it in order to get around TPF's new maximum allowable file size. Apparently a cellphone snap is now too g-d large to post to TPF. FML.
     

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