Sinterklaas

In the Netherlands, St. Nicholas’ generous reputation evolved him into a character called Sinterklaas. His legend is roughly similar to our Santa Claus, but Sinterklaas lives in Spain, and takes a boat to Holland, where he then rides his white horse, Amerigo, from rooftop to rooftop, bringing presents to good children.  If you've made the grave mistake of being bad, however, he doesn’t bother with coal: he will drag you out of bed, kick you and beat you with a switch. If you've really misbehaved, he will pack you up and take you back to Spain until you straighten out.