Mum, who's that with Santa?

25th November 2011, Comments 1 comment

For those of you who've travelled around Europe and who may have become confused about who's who at Christmas, here's a table to guide you!

Reader of Expatica Belgium, Donna De Block-Stojanovich, explains,"Saint Nicolas and his assistant Pere Fouettard are celebrated by Francophones in Belgium the same as Sint Niklaas and Zwarte Piet are in Flanders.

Père Noël is the French equivalent to the Kerstman in flemish and Santa Claus in English [who arrive bearing gifts on the eve of 25 December], and they are not accompanied by Zwarte Piet/Père Fouettard."

Brussels-based Kim Campbell compiled the table below to make sure things are absolutely clear:

Who's who at Christmas?
English St Nicholas Black Peter Father Christmas/
Santa Claus
French St Nicolas Père Fouettard Père Noël
Dutch Sint Niklaas/  Sinterklaas Zwarte Piet Kerstman


Expatica/ NG

1 Comment To This Article

  • Bea posted:

    on 28th November 2011, 11:08:14 - Reply

    Thanks to Donna and Kim for the nice overview! :)
    One more thing to be accurater:
    - St Nicholas comes at the beginning of December (5th evening or 6th morning)
    - Santa Claus comes at Christmas (25th Dec)