Every year around half November our national saint Sinterklaas (St. Nicolaas) arrives from Spain in the Netherlands by steamship. He is the Dutch variant of Santa Claus and brings presents for all children with the help of his knights Zwarte Piet (black Peter). Each city or village with a harbour has its own arrivel of the holy man, which is always a great event for children and parents. Also in Almere it is every year spectacular, but I missed the event this year because I had my own event to celebrate, my birthday. But I saw in the harbour that Sinterklaas has left his steamship with his own flag until he leaves after December 5th.
To give you an impression of the event I show you a picture I made last year.
The nicest thing to celebrate my birthday at this time of the year is that the shops are full of speciality Sinterklaas sweets as this yummie chocolate character I got as a present.
Or the ginger cookie filled with almondpaste.