It is Sinterklaas time! Time for a colorful party for the kids! 

As many of you have learned, there is quite a discussion going on about the face color of Sinterklaas' helpers (pieten). The US has gracefully welcomed us or our ancestors when we moved here, and respected our culture. We would like to do the same the other way around, to both American culture as well as any other person or culture. 

Therefore, the pieten in Los Angeles will have very festive PARTY colors. We are confident that this still guarantees anonymity for all of our pieten.

From the children we have learned that the kids enjoy the party just as much. 

We do realize that this is a big change for many of you, but we also hope you understand our position. 

How do I explain this to my kids?

Good question! Here how you can explain the changes to your kids:

On his way to the United States the boat of Sinterklaas hit a rainbow and all of the pieten have gotten party colors.  This also explains why they can look different from their counterparts in Holland.