For years the dispute about Zwarte Piet has been getting more vehement. The voices against 'Black Petes' are getting louder and supporters find ways to make themselves heard over the noise. No one is using their polite voice anymore. It's all got rather nasty if truth be told. But any idea who doesn't give a… Continue reading Guess Who Doesn’t Give a Crap About the Zwarte Piet Debate
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
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 Outdated,… Continue reading 3 Lessons Brexit Could Have Learnt From Sinterklaas, Yes Sinterklaas!
In the Netherlands there's a mind shift on the 6th December. Pakjesavond has been 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 the attention to Christmas. Inboxes are flooded with 'kerst reclames' and everyone runs to the… Continue reading 6 December aka ‘Put Your Christmas Tree Up’ Day
However you are celebrating this evening, I wish you a fabulous pakjesavond filled with fun, laughter and gezelligheid!Sint and his Pieten visited us early afternoon, left us some presents - and the boys are spending the afternoon playing. Harmoniously. Peacefully. Happily. Happy kids, happy mama!Later we'll get the gourmet out and eat together. Happy pakjesavond to… Continue reading From My Home to Yours – Een Fijne Pakjesavond!
This year, for the first time, the Sinterklaas 'surprise' has made an appearance in our home. My eldest is in group 5 which means he gets to make (and also receive) a surprise for (and from) a classmate.It's simple. He buys a present up to the value of €5 and then hides it in a… Continue reading The Sinterklaas School ‘Surprise’
Since Sinterklaas hit town children across the Netherlands have been putting their shoes out before they go to bed for Sinterklaas (or rather his Piets) to fill with presents, sweets and kruidnoten.My children are no exception. As we don't have a fireplace and a chimney, we thought we'd knutsel one together..... Even though the Piets… Continue reading Where We Put Our Shoes for Sinterklaas to Fill