‘An All-Time Record’ Turnout for Sinterklaas

Kids signed Sinterklaas’s red book to let him know if they were good or bad all year. (Photo by Wyckoff House/Cindy Hu via Brooklyn Paper)

The Wyckoff House Museum in Canarsie, home to the oldest house in the city, welcomed children and parents on Dec. 2 to celebrate its annual Sinterklaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas) Day event. The activities can be traced back to traditions brought by early Dutch immigrants to what is now Brooklyn, writes Alexandra Simon in Brooklyn Paper. She spoke to the museum’s executive director.

“A lot of families came and we had nearly 300 visitors attend — an all-time record,” said Melissa Branfman.

Kids and their parents spent the day making crafts such as Dutch shoes called klompen, and food such as olicooks — Dutch donuts. They also learned the history of Saint Nick, who came to be known as Santa Claus in North America. And when the man of the hour made his entrance on horseback, a select few youngsters even got to feed his merry mount, said Branfman.

Branfman also described the rare opportunity the event provided families. Find out what that is, along with more on the festivities, at Brooklyn Paper.

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