In two days it is package-evening here. This is the end of the Sinterklaashttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinterklaas period.
Grown ups often write poems to each other(that are supposed to be from Sinterklaas) to accompany the gift. The poem is meant to be nice. It can be a bit teasing(about someones bad habits,) but not mean. You select who you buy the gift by drawing names. I did this on a Dutch forum I am on. I received a package and send one out to someone else. Tonight we will open the gifts at 21:00 and I am very curious about the poem I got and about what's in the package.
A rough(clipped and altered) translation of a Sinterklaas poem by me. It runs smoother in Dutch(I promise)
Sinterklaas was in thoughts
about a present that Krista would like lots
She had turned 30 this year
and at the thought of her advanced age Sinterklaas wiped a tear
Piet said she still liked to have fun
even though another fase of her life had begun
she was now a mother of two
but her big mouth had stayed too.
She is used to getting her way
but in all honesty Sint had to say
that she was still a sweet child at heart
A fine woman, strong and smart.
Sinterklaas had no idea what to buy
for a woman that catches the eye
She is a real lady with a bold streak
streetwise, but also quite chique.
Piet suggested something to make her beautiful
that would be something useful.
Sinterklaas agreed with the smart piet
that would be a good present indeed.
So dear Krista, my child
stop letting your thoughts run wild
Here is the present I spoke about
You deserve it, no doubt.
Sint & Piet