Culture, The Netherlands, Typically Dutch

7 Things You May Not Know About the Dutch Sinterklaas Celebration

My eight year old recently asked how long kruidnoten have been around for. It prompted a discussion with my buren about spices and ingredients and how long they have been available. It got me wondering: what else don't we all know top of our heads about the Dutch Sinterklaas celebration? 1. Pepernoten and Kruidnoten are… Continue reading 7 Things You May Not Know About the Dutch Sinterklaas Celebration

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Culture, Dutch, Netherlands, Typically Dutch, winter

9 Ways to be Gezellig Dutch Style

Gezellig means cosy and content. It's the Dutch equivalent of hygge. Think of it like the human version of a cat purring. Here are 9 ways you can get yourself some Dutch gezelligheid. 1.┬áMake Appointments The Dutch, in general, don't appreciate you turning up on the doorstep to invite yourself in for a cup of… Continue reading 9 Ways to be Gezellig Dutch Style

6 December aka 'Put Your Christmas Tree Up' Day
Christmas, Holidays/ Celebrations, Netherlands, Sinterklaas

6 December aka ‘Put Your Christmas Tree Up’ Day

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