Yummy Belgian chocolate!!! Just in time to celebrate Saint Nicolas today! :o)
What's that? You didn't know today was Saint Nick's day? The original guy behind Santa Claus? Well, I did! You can't have lived in Belgium and NOT know it! Saint Nicolas is a very big deal for kids in Belgium, northern France, Luxemburg, the Netherlands... He comes to their house (and their grandparents' and other family members' houses) and leaves them candy and cakes and toys. It's a good thing the kids never stopped to ask why he doesn't always show up on his day (Dec. 6th, not an official holiday) but conveniently drops off his packages on the closest weekend... ;o)
When I lived in Liège I lucked out a few years as Saint Nicolas often left a little something for me at a friend's house!
So for me the Christmas period really starts today, with Saint Nicolas. And ends on January 6th, the Epiphany or Three Kings' Day (big deal in Spain). One month of holiday cheer, yay! :D
Oh, in Liège the University students celebrate their own crazy Saint Nicolas holiday (he's the patron saint of students as well as children), and I just wrote a post about it on my travel blog here. Enjoy! Hope you aren't too shocked! ;o)