New Year

Welkom 2018: A Post About Kisses, Friendship and Dutch Carnival

The festivities have died down, the firework rubbish has been cleared away (in some places at least), peace has been restored and we're all ready to tackle whatever 2018 throws at us. But before you get too comfortable with 2018 there is something you should be aware of in the Netherlands. You may have already… Continue reading Welkom 2018: A Post About Kisses, Friendship and Dutch Carnival

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Culture, Gelderland, New Year, Typically Dutch, winter

New Dutch New Year Traditions: Carbidschieten

It's time for the traditional oliebollen, bonfires and fireworks in the Netherlands but this year we'll be experiencing something new because we now live in the east of the country. This year we'll experience live carbidschieten. Just goes to show that even after seventeen years in a country you can still encounter new things. Our… Continue reading New Dutch New Year Traditions: Carbidschieten

Holidays/ Celebrations, Netherlands, Sinterklaas, winter

5 Ways to Embrace a Dutch December

December in the Netherlands means ferrying the children to school in near-darkness and evenings that draw in early. The temperatures take a nosedive and there’s every chance that snow will form a blanket over this little land. But a Dutch December certainly doesn’t spell doom and gloom. Winter in the Netherlands can be a lot… Continue reading 5 Ways to Embrace a Dutch December

Britain, Politics, Sinterklaas

3 Lessons Brexit Could Have Learnt From Sinterklaas, Yes Sinterklaas!

It struck me today that the whole Brexit thing is rather like the whole Sinterklaas thing here in the Netherlands - and there are lessons the Brexit camp could have learnt from the Dutch. Bear with me: it's June and we're talking Sinterklaas so I know you're wondering where the hell this is going.....Lesson 1. Outdated, Insulting… Continue reading 3 Lessons Brexit Could Have Learnt From Sinterklaas, Yes Sinterklaas!

Christmas, My Articles

‘Tis the Season of Giving: 40 Ways to Create Winter Memories

'Tis the season of giving. It's a great time to think about what we can give. What have we already given? What have we got left to give? December shouldn't just be about the presents.And that is exactly the sentiment that BonBon Break is embracing this month, hand in hand with Water Aid America (the UK arm… Continue reading ‘Tis the Season of Giving: 40 Ways to Create Winter Memories

Christmas, Netherlands, Sinterklaas

6 December aka ‘Put Your Christmas Tree Up’ Day

In the Netherlands as soon as pakjesavond is celebrated and Sinterklaas is on his way back to Spain everything related to the 5th of December is quickly packed away. Then it's time to turn attention to Christmas. That means everyone runs to the local garden centre or Christmas tree vendor on the 6th of December… Continue reading 6 December aka ‘Put Your Christmas Tree Up’ Day