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LV vs NL: Christmas & New Year

Christmas tree is away, decorations are put back on the attic – holidays are over here in the Netherlands. Saying bye-bye to this festive period, I decided to write a comparison of December holidays here and back in Latvia as they do differ. Of course, many things still stay the same, like family gatherings, eating fine food, having drinks, giving presents. However, I guess many foreigners (incl. Latvians) staying here through the festive season for the first time would be pleasantly surprised by the familiarity of the Dutch Christmas and lack of some commercial traditions that go hand-in-hand with the festive season back home.

To make it clear from the very beginning, I’m not writing a report on holiday season in these countries but rather retelling what I have seen and experienced. Thus, Continue reading


It’s the second year in a row when I am enjoying Dutch Christmas traditions, though this year I am participating more actively in all holiday activities. We have already awaited Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet (I do promise to tell more about them later) and have put our Christmas tree and sent all the cards. This weekend we (all female members of our big family) were busy with making Kersstukjes. Doh, one should not ask me to translate this one… Continue reading