Rescuing St. Nicholas!

In Belgium

Some in Flemish Belgium also wanted to keep Santa away until after December 6th. In 1994 the Sint-Nicolaas Genootschap (St. Nicholas Society) placed a signboard at the entrance to the town of Sint-Niklaas, Flanders, making it clear that Santa was only welcome after 6 December.

Santa with red forbidden symbol
Photo, 1994: Sint-Nicolaas Genootschap
Nicholas and Santa with connected beard
Boomerang Free Card, Belgium
Sint and Santa playing chess
Who will win? Santa or St. Nicholas?


  • Dehandschutter, Lieven, Sint in de Stad, Sint-Nicolaasgenootschap Vlaanderen, 2000.

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