I see Trudy was the first to wish you all a Happy St. Nicholas Day. Although it is not a big celebration in our house, my mother is Dutch, her parents immigrated from Holland in 1908 & 1909. They were married here in the US the day after my grandmother arrived. I have enjoyed learning about some of the Dutch traditions and in 1992 had the wonderful opportunity to go to Holland with my mother and sister. There we met relatives that we had never known; visited the birth places of my grandparents and even got to go through the house that my grandfather grew up in. Even though it is no longer in the family, there was a picture on the wall of the house when the dike was right up against it and a small picture of my great grandfather. The family was so kind as to make copies of the picture, so I now have it in our house. It was a wonderful trip - the trip of a lifetime for my mom. My mom still has the pair of wooden skates that she grew up using, from Holland. They have leather straps to wrap around and tie on your shoes, narrow wooden bottom, then the steel blade. We use them in our Christmas decorating every year. My grandparents died when I was in the first grade, but I carry lots of wonderful memories of them to this day.