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Others state that the black skin color of Zwarte Piet originates in his profession as a chimneysweep, hence the delivery of packages though the chimney.
In recent years, Christmas (along with Santa Claus) has been pushed by shopkeepers as another gift-giving festival, with some success; although, especially for young children, Saint Nicholas’ Eve is still much more important than Christmas.
However, the earliest known historical reference to April Fools' Day occurs in a Dutch poem published in 1561, which predates the adoption of the Gregorian calendar by some 21 years.
On April 1, 1976 famed British astronomer and radio presenter Patrick Moore announced over the BBC that a rare alignment of the planets Pluto and Jupiter would occur at exactly a.m. "A minute passed, and then the BBC switchboard lit up with dozens of people calling in to report that the experiment had worked!This is often done by placing a bag filled with presents outside the house or living room, after which a neighbour or parent bangs the door or window, pretending to be Sinterklaas’ assistant.Another option is to hire or ask someone to dress up as Sinterklaas and deliver the presents personally.The rise of Father Christmas (known in Dutch as de Kerstman) is often cited as an example of globalisation and Americanisation.In Northern Germany, Sankt Nikolaus is usually celebrated on a small scale.