Note to my international readers: 'Sinterklaas' is a Dutch tradition. Sinterklaas arrives half november en stays in the Netherlands till the 5th of december (his birthday as we say, but officially it's the day the holy St. Nicolaas died). At the 5th of December, it's 'pakjesavond' : Sinterklaas and the Zwarte Pieten (his helpers) bring gifts to every family. When he's in the Netherlands, te children may put one of their shoes before the stove (before going to bed) and sing a Sinterklaassong, and when they wake op there is maybe something in the shoe, like a little present of some sweet (like christmassocks). I love the tradition!