Modern Sinterklaas and Black Peters

This photograph shows the modern depiction of Sinterklaas and his helpers

Modern Sinterklaas And Black Peters


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

Great Read!

Santa Claus Worldwide describes gift givers throughout the world in history from the pagan god Odin to the present day Father Christmas, Weihnachten, Père Noël, Ded Moroz, and Santa Claus. Mr. Jerman’s thorough research of this subject, takes the reader on a journey...


Until now I’ve been especially interested in Clement C. Moore and his transcendent poem The Night Before Christmas. Tom Jerman puts Moore’s classic in perspective with a broad and highly informative look at the international history of Santa Claus. For my own...

This book is REALLY impressive

I’m not a historian (I work with a lot of historians, but I’m not one!) but this book REALLY impressive piece of work! Extensively referenced and Tom Jerman does a great, scholarly job of telling the “stories” that should be told with the support of a lot of...

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.