Exchanging Christmas Gifts
Dutch children receive their gifts on December 5, St. Nicholas Eve, when families gather to play treasure hunt games and exchange riddles. Presents are anonymously signed Sinterklaas, but a dedication is written on the wrapping paper to offer clues to the real gift givers identity. A rhyming verse teases the recipient (in good humor, of course) or offers a hint at whats inside. Other small, unwrapped gifts are hidden in odd places, like inside a potato or a cup of pudding the more surprising, the better.