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HELP! Santa Claus in Amsterdam for a child

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HELP! Santa Claus in Amsterdam for a child

Dear friends! Need your help. Who can assist arranging a Santa Claus coming to our apartments in Amsterdam? We are staying in Jordaan district in a private house with a 3 y.o. child and wanted Santa to come over and give gifts to her on New Year, on December 31st. Presents are bought by ourselves, just need someone to dress and act professionally as Santa Claus, English-speaking. Thanks in advance!

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11. Re: HELP! Santa Claus in Amsterdam for a child

Thank you for the explanation...

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I have ukrainian heritage (grandparents) and as a child we celebrated christmas ifrom 6th to 19th of january.. The 6th being Christmas which starts with sviata vecherya or holy supper and ends on the 19th with svyatyi mykolai or saint nicolas delivering presents to children as part of celebrations.... There is no set date across europe for christmas celebrations so arranging a santa to deliver presents after the 25th of december is quite reasonable.. So in answer to the narrow minded quote of "why not give presents on christmas day like everyone else does".. Obviously some people have a lot of ignorance to other cultures and counties traditional celebrations take the netherlands for example,,after france they are the closest european country to the uk and so you would think that celebrations and cultures would be the same or similiar and yet the dutch start there christmas celebrations a whole 20 days before the uk does...

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That's not correct, we celebrate Christmas om the same days as in the UK.

Sinterklaas is a different party, which is celebrated on December 5th.

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Yes thats correct @grolland the discussion is about santa claus or sinterklaas.. Therefore the dutch celebration is different to the uk as we dont celebrate santa coming on the 5th of december but on the 24th.. Infact apart from advent the UK has no official christmas celebrations until 25th of december..

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we are talking about which day Jesus was born correct? that is the reason for the season. no one knows the exact day Jesus was born. it is certainly not mentioned in the bible. December 25th wasn't even set as a date until around 300 AD. Astronomers have theorized that the star in the east was Jupiter and Venus converging together and after cranking up the computers have determined that that occurred in June. so perhaps he was born in June. so if you want to celebrate the birth of Jesus in December, January, or June...have at it!!

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Like i said earlier Mr Shaunslob I stand corrected and thank you for the detailed explanation...you are obviously very clever and I will try not to be so ignorant and narrow minded on future posts...

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"Yes thats correct @grolland the discussion is about santa claus or sinterklaas.. Therefore the dutch celebration is different to the uk as we dont celebrate santa coming on the 5th of december but on the 24th.. Infact apart from advent the UK has no official christmas celebrations until 25th of december.."

Well Sinterklaas is a different guy than Santa Clause and a different party. Apart from Sinterklaas we also have De Kerstman (=Santa Clause).

Dutch children up to about 7 y/o believe in Sinterklaas, but they know Santa Clause is fake.

Perhaps the Santa Clause tale was based on Sinterklaas (I understand Coca-Cola made it up) but to us they are two different guys, one lives in Spain and the other on the north pole. And two different parties.

Some people give gifts on Christmas (24th or 25th, I don't even know), others don't. Santa Clause is not really involved in the gift-giving though in the Netherlands.

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19. Re: HELP! Santa Claus in Amsterdam for a child

In Germany children get mainly sweets and sometimes some small presents at St. Nicholas (5./6. 12) and the real gifts at Christmas Eve.

If you aren´t able to find an agency who is willing to send a Santa to your house at your dates, you could perhaps try to buy or rent a Santa costume and then ask a neighbour or friend for playing this role. You even could do it yourself, in the worsest case :-)).

But I fear it might be too late now....

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20. Re: HELP! Santa Claus in Amsterdam for a child

Thanks everyone for a hot discussion, we finally found our Santa (Russian - Ded Moroz ("Granddad Frost")) in Amsterdam, he played a great role, given presents to our happy and stunned 3 y.o. daughter! Everything went great and everyone's very happy on this New Year day! Happy New Year to everyone!