Sinterklaas and Santa Claus. Winter rituals and national identity in 19th and 20th century Holland
To many, if not most Dutchmen, the festival of St Nicholas on December 5th is a defining element of their national cultural heritage. It is, however, the celebration of Christmas that is nowadays the most important festive occasion of the year. Aimed at writing a monograph in English, this project analyzes the complex and often conflicting interrelationships, both in perceptions as in actual practices, of these main winter rituals in the Netherlands in the 19th and 20th centuries.