Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Kerstfeest (Christmas in Holland)

“Christmas, the traditional Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, is celebrated over two days in the Netherlands, i.e. Eerste Kerstdag (First Christmas Day) on December 25 and Tweede Kerstdag (Second Christmas Day) on December 26, both of which are public holidays.  While it may seem similar to what you know, Christmas is not about Santa Claus and reindeer in the Netherlands. In fact, the Dutch celebrate Sinterklaas (St.  Nicholas Day, the tradition that may have seeded the idea for Santa Claus in the first place) on December 5, and it is this day that Dutch children get really excited about. They also receive most of their presents on Sinterklaas.

This means that Christmas in the Netherlands is really about the ambiance.”

Read more @ http://dutchfood.about.com/od/dutchholidayrecipes/a/Kerstfeest.htm

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