Santa Claus Worldwide distills the cheerful essence of Christmas from many sources and studies, old and new. In addition to his wide reading, author Tom A. Jerman has brought a wealth of personal experience
Modern Sinterklaas and Black Peter. This photograph shows the modern depiction of Sinterklaas and his helpers, known as Zarte Piet (“Black Peter”), in the Netherlands. Sinterklaas would arrive by boat from Spain in mid-November, and participate in parades until December 5 . Unlike the typical evil helpers, where each gift-giver would have one helper, Sinterklaas could have dozens of Black Peters who were more like court jesters than evil beings.