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A tradition reborn

Schuylerville celebreate the season the way the Dutch do

Sinterklaas rides into Schuylerville each year on his white horse to bring gifts to the town's children in celebration of St. Nicholaas Day. (submitted photo)

Sinterklaas rides into Schuylerville each year on his white horse to bring gifts to the town's children in celebration of St. Nicholaas Day. (submitted photo)

— But the Schuylerville chocolate letter does differ from the Netherlands in at least one way.

In the Netherlands, no chocolate letters are sold after St. Nicolaas Day but are shipped back to chocolate companies where they are melted down to be re-molded, usually for Easter candy. In Schuylerville, the letters will be on sale until Christmas.

The letters can be pre-ordered and Schuyler Sweets will pour the chocolate into a mold the day before it's picked up, so it’s fresh, or some letters will be pre-made to be bought the day of the festival. According to Stickle, “J’s,” “M’s,” and “S’s” are the most popular letters sold. Each costs $6, with all of the proceeds going towards the parade.

“It’s becoming a tradition to buy them now,” said Stickle. “We’ve had some interesting orders over the years. Last year, there were actually some people from Holland here who bought letters and went to the parade. They were very impressed that we are trying to keep the tradition alive.”

The Schuylerville St. Nicolaas Festival is Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the parade beginning around 4:30 p.m. Chocolate letters can be ordered by visiting Schuyler Sweets or calling them at 695-4171.

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