Category: Christmas in The Netherlands

Christmas in the Netherlands – Part 2: Celebrate Like a Dutch kid

So the Intocht has come and gone, what next? This is when things get interesting. There are 2 things going on during this time of year:  one is for the kids and one is for adults. I’ll start with the kids, this is a long…

Sinterklaasfest at Weverkeshof: Nuenen

I almost called this “What a Difference a year makes” because, well, a year has made a huge difference in our lives here in the Netherlands. Of course a year makes a difference, right? Yes, I know. But I tried to take my kids…

Cologne Christmas Markets: 2015

The Yearly Christmas Market in Cologne or Koln is our favorite, we go every year. There are actually many different markets in the city and they are all connected my a cute little “train”. I would have loved to ride around on it but…

Warm Spiced Wine or Gluhwein

Nothing says the holidays for me more than a hot cup of Gluhwein. This warm spiced wine generally makes its first appearance at the end of November. My first glass of the season is traditionally enjoyed while at the Eindhoven Glow festival (a yearly…

5 Essential Rules for Surviving Christmas Decorating With Kids

Christmas is a magical time of year. I love having the house decorated and really look forward to putting the tree up every year. My house was always perfect. I lovingly decorated every surface with beautiful twinkly things. Until i had kids. Then everything…

What I learned from my kids today

It was supposed to be a magical morning. I had it all worked out in my mind. Nothing went according to plan, though, and I was reminded that sometimes that’s OK

Christmas in The Netherlands – Part One: Sinterklaas is coming to town!!

Christmas is a magical time of year all over the world. As an American I kinda took for granted that everyone celebrated Christmas in much the same way. You know, big fat guy, the 25th of december, dead tree in the living room…. ┬áThe…