Hello! I noticed that there’s nothing at the Dutch Christmas page. So I’d like to add some things.


Merry Christmas: Prettige Kerstdagen

Happy Newyear: Gelukkig Nieuwjaar

Season’s greetings: prettige feestdagen

Merry Christmas and a happy new year: prettige kerstdagen en een gelukkig nieuwjaar.

In The Netherlands, Christmas is getting more and more commercial. It used to be a celebration of Jesus’ birth, but Santa Claus (who sprang from our Sinterklaas) is gaining more terrain every year. It’s not a giant celebration, but most Dutch do put up a Christmastree and decorations. It’s a familiy-feast, but people tend to go out to dinner more these days. Usually there are presents under the tree, which are unpacked on the first day of Christmas (dec. 25th). Often seen decorations are red or white “bells” made of crepe-paper. Also foldable stars with a light in them are often hang in front of the windows. We like to paste red ribbon vertically and horizontally across the windows so that smaller “windows” appear. Most people use spray-snow to make the windows look like it has snown. Most years Christmas doesn’t have snow. Christmas dinner can be just about anything. Most Dutch families gather for Christmas and usually something special is eaten, especially when it comes to meat. “Wild” meat like turkey, rabbit or grouse is most sold around Christmas. Almost every employed person here gets a “Christmas-parcel” from his/her boss, which contains luxury things like special tea, wine, olives and more things like that.

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