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Pepernoten and Kruidnoten Posted by on Nov 29, 2011

As the studio lights dim and two spotlights focus on two white plates with brown cookies on each, you hear the presenter ask, “and Transparent Language reader, which plate has the pepernoten on them?” You glance to the plate on the left and then you glance to the plate on the right.  While both plates…

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The Joy of Chocolate Letters Posted by on Nov 15, 2011

It is that time of year again.  The time of year when you head into a shop, spot the chocolate letter display and search for a chocolate letter that matches the first letter of your name.  Infuriated that your letter is no longer available, you begin the process of coming up with a “letter alternative”…

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Het Sinterklaasjournaal Posted by on Nov 10, 2011

Sinterklaas will arrive in the Netherlands on Saturday. In the weeks between his arrival and his departure on December 5th, he will fill shoes that have been left out by children, with goodies. He will also package up any naughty children in a sack and take them back to Spain with him when he goes…

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Sing Along with Sinterklaas Posted by on Nov 3, 2011

There is just over a week to go before Sinterklaas will arrive in the Netherlands much to the delight of children across the country.  This year Sinterklaas will officially arrive on November 12th in the city of Dordrecht.  His arrival will even be broadcast live on Dutch national television, so no need to fear if…

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November in the Netherlands Posted by on Nov 1, 2011

Can you believe that another month is upon us and that before we know it, 2012 will be knocking at our door?  I know I can’t. Fall and winter are actually my favourite times of the year.  I love the cold, the scented candles, the festive atmosphere and of course the food.  The Netherlands during…

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Sinterklaas, Santa Claus… Same, same, but different? Posted by on Feb 23, 2010

If you are a bit familiar with the Dutch culture, you probably heard about Sinterklaas, an old man with a white beard who gives presents to good kids on the night of December fifth. And if you did hear of him, you might also wonder what the difference is between him and Santa Claus, because…

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