Dutch rituals: Daughter was allowed to put her shoe by the door and sing a song or two for Sinterklaas last night. This morning she found a small gift on top of her shoe, delivered during the night (a replacement for her unicorn hairband that broke during a silly accident and brought Daughter to serious tears. Sinterklaas must have heard her cry). But not only that, her dad’s shoes were filled with a chocolate bar, with Daughter’s letter on it! Why? Our guess was that Daughter’s shoe was too small.

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