A Very Dutch New Year’s Eve!

I’m sorry to say I won’t be spending New Year’s Eve in the Netherlands this year, but I will be with my Dutch husband and that makes up for it! After several visits to the Netherlands, last year was my first time there during New Years. I’d heard about the …

Liberation Day

Liberation Day is celebrated by the Dutch on May 5. Also known as Freedom Day, this historic day commemorates the end of WWII in the Netherlands. Even though the war wasn’t over in the rest of Europe, the Germans surrendered here on May 5, 1945 in Wageningen at the Hotel …

Remembrance Day

May 4 in the Netherlands is Remembrance Day. It began right after World War II as a day to remember Dutch soldiers. It now is a day to remember those who have served in any war, conflict or peace making mission. National and local ceremonies are held throughout the country. …

Queen’s Day!

I know, I know… it’s now King’s Day. No hard feelings King Willem, but my first visit to Nederland I was there on April 30, 2012 – Queen’s Day! It was a glorious spring day in Barneveld, after all a Queen wouldn’t dare let it rain on her parade! And …

TWO Christmas Days

 I’ve spent quite a few weeks in Nederland, but this is my first visit over the holidays. Get this…besides the Dutch already getting weeks more vacation time than us-I’ve now learned they get TWO Christmas Days! It’s even shown as First Christmas Day and Second Christmas Day on the nightly …

A Sinterklaas Birthday

  Thank goodness I didn’t grow up in the Netherlands!  Can you think of anything worse as a Dutch child than having to share your birthday with the beloved Sinterklaas holiday (and my condolences to all you Christmas birthdays too)?! All the joint gifts…all that specialness packed into one day …