I so wish we did. But we don't.
Also, Sinterklaas isn't even named Sinterklaas. His name is Saint Nicolas, and his birthday was on the 6th, not the 5th of december. I don't even know why the old man lives in Spain, since he was born in Turkey.
I can tell this is all very confusing, even for me.
Let me sum it up:
- Santa Claus has reindeer and a sleigh. Sinterklaas has a white horse that walks on roofs and a boat. Boring.
- Santa Claus lives on the North Pole and has Christmas elves to help him make/gather/whatnot all the toys. Sinterklaas lives in Spain with black Petes to help him. Which a lot of people find racist. He also has a gunny bag which he supposedly puts bad kids in to take with him to Spain. Somehow he puts the presents in those same gunnies. Like I said: Confusing!
- Santa has a jolly red-and-white hat with a puffy ball on top. Sinterklaas wears the kind of hat the pope wears. Red with a yellow cross. I guess it makes sense, since he used to be a saint.
- And you know what else? Santa is fat. Which makes him way cooler. Even though it is said that Santa Claus was derived from Saint Nicolas.
This was not supposed to be a long story at all. I just wanted to talk about gingerbread houses.
I will carry on.
Since we have Sinterklaas and a lot of sweets especially for that event, we don't have gingerbread. We know gingerbread by name, and we have the cut-out cookieshape for the gingerbread boy, but I have never actually tasted gingerbread. Which takes me back on track.
I did actually want to make a gingerbread house, so I baked the parts of the house I wanted to build, and went ahead.
You can tell it looks a little pale. That's because I used a regular sugar cookie recipe, Dutch as I am.
I'm actually a little embarrased to put these up, since they look kinda messy.
I came to two conclusions while making these.
- They're messy. It would have worked 10 times better if I decorated half of them before putting them together.
- They are NOT gingerbread houses. They are sugar cookie houses.
So today I went through my cookbooks and a lovely place called google, and found a gingerbread recipe to make gingerbread dough!
There it is. 3 plaques of gingerbread dough. Just chilling in my fridge.
I'm very excited to bake a real gingerbread house this time, and I will keep you posted on the results!