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Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 2:47 AM

Sinterklaas kapoentje 
Gooi wat in mijn schoentje, 
Gooi wat in mijn laarsje, 
Dank je Sinterklaasje.

We’ll admit it, for us the Christmas season really begins when we hear Kris Kringle sing that song at Macy's with the little Dutch girl (so we’re shameless sentimentalists, sue us!). Did you know that in Holland, the feast of Saint Nicholas (or Sinterklaas as he is known there) is celebrated this evening (December 5th)? One of the treats associated with Sinterklaas Day are Dutch letters, which are shaped into an “S” for Sinterklaas.
The Jaarsma Bakery (see the review) of Pella, Iowa was founded in 1899 by a Dutch immigrant. They’d be happy to send you a dozen Dutch letters for $24. These eight-inch puff pastries are filled with moist almond paste and sprinkled with sugar. Unless you’re Dutch and need them for tonight there’s still plenty of time to place an order. Jaarsma also bakes fruitcakes and speculaas (Christmas spice cookies with an uncomfortably medical-sounding name) if you’d like to go the whole nine yards this Christmas.


I always wondered why the Dutch Letters were all shaped into an "S" and now I know. Thanks Bruce!
Posted by buffetbuster on Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 8:35 AM

Love those Dutch letters from Jaarsma.

And I always cry when they sing the song in Miracle on 34th Street!
Posted by rumaki on Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 11:16 AM

One of my favorite moments in one of my favorite films too! Though Thelma Ritter was a real scene stealer!
Posted by billyboy on Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 11:51 AM

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