Another lovely tradition explained. Thank you, Robert. Being of Dutch heritage myself, I also grew up with our presents all in a sack (pillowcase) placed at the bottom of our beds. I do recall a particular Christmas when I, at about 5 years old or so, awoke shortly after the pillowcase was placed as my Dad was a musician and so it was in the wee hours at about 4 AM I guess. Once awake and after waking my sister quietly, we started giggling and the rustle of paper woke my parents. I think that was the last time St Nick left the gifts in a sack at the bottom of our beds. Thus we started a new tradition...finding our gifts only beneath our Christmas Tree!