Kids bring the Christmas trees they found in the neighbourhoods to the Christmas tree fire. Some children asked their neighbours and came with more than one Christmas tree. For every tree they bring they get a bag of candy and a lottery ticket. For the past years, the municipality of Hoorn created a pile of… Continue reading The last Christmas tree fire… Hoorn, The Netherlands
Table Dancing… Hoorn, The Netherlands
Happy New Year! May all your hopes and dreams, ideas and goals come to life. Rocket Man Just after the start of 2018 this young man watched how his rocket arrow soars through the sky to ignite with a flash and a bloom of fireworks.
Sweet Bakery It’s the last day of the year. Fireworks shops sell out and the last groceries are being bought for New Year’s Eve. The treat that everyone wants on the table is what is called in the Netherlands an ‘Oliebol’. To get the last ones before they sell out people stand in line at… Continue reading Sweet Bakery… Hoorn, The Netherlands
Sint Maarten Every year in 11 November children from the christian parts of The Netherlands celebrate Sint Maarten. In the days prior to 11 November the children make a lampion at school and walk along the front doors of the neighboring houses to sing songs and receive a treat. Sint Maarten originates from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Martin%27s_Day
The Man with the Dog. Shopping, women see it as a fun day out. Buying clothes looking at furniture and the men tag along. Waiting until it’s time for coffee and cake. But shopping is not something men prefer. Except when it’s for cars(then even the women decide). Men wait outside the shops. Standing in… Continue reading The Man with the Dog… Hoorn, The Netherlands
Christmas tree burnings During the annual communal Christmas tree burning people from the local community bring their Christmas trees to a district park where the fire department creates a huge bonfire with all the submitted Christmas trees. A real local gathering where neighbours meet each other and enjoy the huge bonfire.