Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year 2018

The old year has drawn to a close and a new one has begun. I always enjoy the run up to this time of year. There is something I enjoy about wrapping things up, looking back over the accomplishments of the previous year and planning the goals of the next. It always feels like a turning point and a chance for renewal. My 2017 might not have been as crazy as my 2016 but it […]

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Dutch New Year’s Traditions and Celebrations

Dutch New Year's Traditions

Dutch New Year’s Celebration Grab an Oliebollen and some fireworks as we get ready to explore the unique madness of Dutch New Year’s Celebration (or as they call it; Oud en Nieuw). It all starts with Oudejaarsavond (New Year’s Eve) on December 31st and ends with Nieuwjaarsdag (New Year’s Day) on January 1st. 1) Firing Off Lots of Fireworks Most countries celebrate New Year’s Eve by letting off a few fireworks. They might have a […]

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Sinterklaas vs. Santa – Eight Humorous Differences

Sinterklaas vs. Santa - Eight Differences

November and December can be a very confusing time of year for expats in The Netherlands, especially for those who have never heard the name Sinterklaas or seen a Zwarte Piet before. Who is Sinterklaas? If you were to ask a Dutch Person to describe Sinterklaas they would probably say something along the lines of, “He is a very nice old man who has a long white beard, dresses in red and gives gifts to […]

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