In the old days, Santa Claus would gather up bad children, toss them in his basket, and whisk them away to the North Pole to serve as his slaves. That's where the legend of Santa's elves came from. (Photo from Holland) Have a creepy Christmas!
Two immigrant Dutch children arrive on Ellis Island, 1907 (Again, my Dutch family arrived in the US long before Ellis Island, but certainly there were cousins still in The Netherlands who dressed like this.
Netherlands- Sinterklaas is St. Nicholas in the Netherlands. Dutch children put wooden shoes filled with hay and sugar for Sinterklaas' horse. Good children receive shoes full of sweet treats as a child we would sing to Sinterklaas.
Jongen en meisje in katholieke Zuid-Bevelandse streekdracht. Het meisje draagt een oorijzer en ondermuts, met daarover de 'poepinnemuts' (meisjesmuts). Naast de uiteinden van het oorijzer zijn twee paar mutsenspelden in de ondermuts gestoken. De broek van de jongen wordt gesloten door zilveren 'klepstukken'. 1897-1905 #Zeeland #ZuidBeveland #katholiek
Gestampte muisjes (Dutch) – literally translates into "crushed mice," it's a sweet anise sugar (texture of powdered sugar). Named this way presumably because it's like regular "muisjes" but in powder form. Yummy on warm toast with butter because that's when the gestampte muisjes start melting a bit :)