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  1. R-Eight

    November 15, 2007

    They do the same thing in Germany on Dec. 6th? I think.

    You lived there, so you can justify it.

  2. Kate F.

    November 15, 2007

    Several countries in Europe use shoes instead of stockings for gifts… I went to a French Immersion school and we always had an assembly right before the winter break and left our shoes in our classrooms, padded down to the cafeteria sockfoot, and then came back to find our shoes filled with candy. I was surprised Blueprint didn’t mention that this is a European tradition!

  3. Cardon & Kelly Webb

    November 15, 2007

    Thanks for the post. Cardon’s grandparents are from Delft. These are perfect.

  4. Cardon & Kelly Webb

    November 15, 2007

    Thanks for the post. Cardon’s grandparents are from Delft. These are perfect.

  5. denise

    November 15, 2007

    I saw wooden clogs at GoodWill 3 days before I saw Blueprint and was tempted to buy them but didn’t know what I would do with them. As soon as I saw the idea in the mag I ran back but of course someone had snatch them up. They were only $5.00 – I could just scream now because I thought this idea was just too cute.

    On a side not. I ordered a big red balloon and mini clothespins from you recently and when I got my order (super fast shipping – thanks) I fell in love with the clothespins – so adorable. I can’t wait to use the balloon in a photo shoot with my kids. Thanks for selling such great products.

  6. slyfox

    November 15, 2007

    I too love this idea–My maiden name is Klomp (Klompen meaning wooden shoe) so I could totally get away with this tradition! Thanks for sharing- I am in charge of the Klomp family christmas party and we are always trying to incorporate the Dutch tradition this will be a fun one to share.
    Love your blog-
    Christa (pepper’s friend)

  7. Anonymous

    November 15, 2007

    family traditions are just that…anything you start and do faithfully each year. it’s all about memory building for small children. Have your husband paint the shoes plein air and it will become all yours.

  8. Tonia Conger

    November 16, 2007

    I’m Danish. I thought about doing this for something new and fun.

  9. ~cari~

    November 20, 2007

    My family (on my dad’s side) is dutch and we have celebrated St. Nick on Dec. 5th every year since we were kids. We set out our wooden shoes and St. Nick comes during the night and fills them with goodies. My kids get so excited for this because it’s like an extra Christmas and they feel special going to school telling their friends about their heritage. I painted a pair of my wooden shoes red last year. I love them!

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