6 December is the birthday of St. Nicholas or "Sinterklaas" as he's known in Holland. It's the big gift giving event there, bigger than Christmas (although giving gifts at Christmas is starting to be more popular). Like Christmas Eve, the big night for the St. Nicholas celebration is 5 December, "pakjesavond" (gift giving evening).
There's a whole tradition around St. Nicholas in Holland, from his arrival by boat at some Dutch harbour, to putting your shoe in front of the fireplace (central heating caused some problems with that haha), singing Sinterklaas songs, Zwarte Piet (or Black Peter, his assistant), special candy and a whole lot more. It's great fun!If you want to know more about all the traditions around Sinterklaas, Wikipedia has a fairly good overview.
A traditional piece of candy for Sinterklaas is the chocolate letter ... here's my Sinterklaas gift to you: a milk chocolate alpha + numbers. Hope you'll enjoy it! It's sure more calorie-friendly than the real stuff!
Click HERE to download, or click on the image. (Sorry, link expired).
Detailed image below, the preview doesn't really do justice to the detail on the letters.