Tag: sinterklaas

When Muslims make merry at Christmas

By Khaled Diab For Western Muslims, Christmas is just outside their doorsteps. For some, Christmas even skips merrily in from the cold and crosses the threshold into their homes.  Monday 6 January 2020 Here in Belgium, people do not traditionally…

Orientalism for kids

Despite the racism contained in Tintin and other classic children’s tales, I believe that children should be exposed to them.

Zwarte Piet, a bitter treat

Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) brings joy to millions in the Low Countries. But his dark-faced helpers, Zwarte Pieten, are racist and a colonial throwback.

The great Santa controversy

It’s the Western world’s greatest childhood controversy: does Santa Claus exist? The answer is both comforting and disturbing to the children among us and within us.