St. Nicholas in Storyland
St. Nicholas joins some of our favorite characters—in books, on television, and even in comics. Here are some you may know, but look closely, as they may not be quite the way you expect!
St. Nicholas visits SESAME STREET!
Kids in the Netherlands call St. Nicholas, “Sinterklaas.” He visits all his friends in Sesame Street.
Bert. Ernie. Pino.
Pino? Yes—he is the Dutch Big Bird—and he is BLUE! Imagine that.
Rowlf? No, the dog is Tommie.
And his friend doesn’t even look familiar—she is Ieniemienie, a special Dutch Sesame Street mouse! Say, “Ien-ie-mien-ie”—a fun name for a mouse.
St. Nicholas also sees Cookie Monster, Grover, Elmo, and many other Sesame Street friends.
Sesame Street (SESAMSTRAAT) is so popular that St. Nicholas has a special video with Pino, er—Big Blue Bird, Tommie, Ieniemienie, and the famous TV anchorman, Aart Staartjes, who broadcast Sinterklaas’ arrival in the Netherlands for many, many years.
Even Bert and Ernie have their own special Sinterklaas CD—and sing Sinterklaas songs!
MUSTI is a special little Belgian cat whose best friend is a rabbit named Mister Konijn—which means “Mr. Rabbit.”
Do you think Musti could be Hello Kitty’s friend?
They have a special St. Nicholas adventure, too——like everyone who lives in Flanders.
Sophie’s friend FELIX the rabbit has wonderful adventures all around the world. Here he is discovering what Christmas is like in different places.
Felix finds St. Nicholas in the Netherlands.SeeFelix riding with St. Nicholas in a boat along a canal. Sinterklaas also rides his white horse over the rooftops.
I wonder what country Felix likes best?
PAULUS has been popular in the Netherlands for a long, long time—he has his own comic strip, radio plays, and even his very own puppet shows on TV.
Here Paulus becomes St. Nicholas’ helper. St. Nicholas is very, very busy remembering and visiting all the children everywhere.
So Paulus dresses up like Nicholas to visit the birds, animals, and even the gnomes.
When Walt DISNEY goes Dutch, St. Nicholas comes along.
DONALD DUCK, with his Dutch “Katrien” and Huey, Dewey, and Louie, the Big Bad Wolf, and the three little pigs, and more, all have their usual problems with an added twist—trying to please (or at least fool!) Sinterklaas!
Other much loved authors’ classic St. Nicholas stories—
If you are lucky your library might have these books, or it may be able to get them for you. If not, sometimes they may be found from a used bookseller. These classic stories are good reading, illustrated with simply delightful pictures.
Look here to see some of the many editions of Felix Timmermans’ Saint Nicholas/Sankt Nikolaus. And something about this author, too.