In the Netherlands the Christmas decorations can be placed only when the feast of Saint Nicolas is over. So December 6th every shop starts very speedy to change the shopwindows into Christmas and so is the big Christmas tree at Dam square in Amsterdam. This one comes from the German Ardennes and is 24 metres high and will be decorated with 40.000 led lights. Because of the storm last Thursday it took a day more to place it, so last Saturday the lights still had to be attached.
But in the end of the day the job was done.
At the wintermarket they were a bit late with changing the scene. Saint Nicolas hadn't gone yet here and was rubbing shoulders with Father Christmas. Must be confusing for the kids.
Father Christmas watched the intruder with stupor, move on boy, it is my turn now.