Monday, 22 November 2010
that's My World, ABC Wednesday, S for St.Nicholas
On the fifth of December we celebrate Saint Nicholas'Eve. That means we give and receive presents, accompanied with funny poems telling why you get this particular present. Traditionally one of the presents is a chocolate letter. Oxfam has campaigned against child labour. In the past these chocolate letters were made with the help of children, who worked on the cocoa plantations. This meant hard labour and making long days.Oxfam co-ordinates its work in developing countries with the Dutch government. Businesses support Oxfam via various projects in developing countries. And they've helped Verkade( a Dutch chocolate factory) to produce fair chocolate in the Netherlands. That means fair chocolate letters, child labour free.
Traditionally the Dutch St.Nicholas is dressed in a red bishop's habit and mitre, but the Oxfam St.Nicholas is wearing a green habit and mitre.
Oxfam Novib began as Novib in 1956, the first politically independent and non-religious development organisation in the Netherlands.
After the 1953 floods the Netherlands received a lot of aid from abroad. Father Simon Jelsma and others wanted to return the favour. On March 1956 they founded the Netherlands Organisation for International Assistance (Novib) to help people in Third World countries.
Saint Nicholas is not Father Christmas and he has nothing to do with Christmas either. He is much older than Father Christmas. Father Xmas is derived from Saint Nicholas
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