Midwinter horn blowing
On the second day of Christmas, there are several places where you can hear (and see) the blowing of the midwinter horns. During the long winter months, farmers had time to carve their own horns. They used these to sound in the winter solecist, the start of the lengthening of the days. December 26th we met a tour of about 5 km, visiting 5 or 6 different locations near Kotten and in Germany, where people were blowing their horns. Signposted. And with a place for soup, hot chocolate, gluhwein and pan cakes !! It is a yearly tradition, this year with snow!
Address: Kottenseweg, about 400 meters of the German border, to the left.
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In Netherlands the feast of "Sinterklaas" or "Saint Nicolas" is celebrated on 5 December. He was a bishop who lived some centuries ago. He saved three children and was made a saint for his goodness. , "Sinterklaas" on his horse and his helper "zwarte piet" go over the rooftops to the houses to bring gifts for the children who have been good.
During the weeks before the feast children put their shoe by the fireplace put a letter or a drawing for Sinterklaas or some carrots for his horse they also sing some Sinterklaas songs and the next morning they find some candy in their shoe.
The traditional things to eat and drink with Sinterklaas are chocolate initials, pepernoten. Speculaas, a kind of cookie only bigger made with cinnamon and clove.
It is also traditions to drink: Bishops wine(Red wine with sugar, cinnamon and clove). You can also drink it hot.
We went to pick Sinterklaas at the train station late November with all the kids it was a really nice experience to see all the kids with their costume and face paints. I must say I do feel like a kid too then.
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