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Pachetul olandez de Craciun / The Dutch Christmas package

Pachetul de Craciun din partea angajatorului este o traditie veche in Olanda. In fiecare an primim cate un pachet constand mai ales in mancare, bautura si un obiect practic sau decorativ.

Mai jos poze cu pachetul din acest an (trei straturi diferite).

Nelipsite din orice pachet sunt popcorn-ul dulce, marshmallows si un amestec pentru clatite.

Anii trecuti am primit o sticla de vin alb si una de vin rosu, anul acesta insa cu totul alta combinatie: bitter-ul olandez Juttertje, de pe insula Texel si o sticla de vin fiert (Glühwein).


The Christmas package from the employer is an old tradition in the Netherlands. Every year we receive a package with mostly food and drinks and one practical or decorative item.

See below pictures of this year’s package (three different layers).

You can always count on sweet popcorn, marshmallows, mix for panecakes.

In the last years there was always a bottle of white wine and one of red wine. This year a whole other combination: the Dutch bitter Juttertje, from the island Texel and a bottle of Glühwein.












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Felicitarile olandeze de Craciun / The Dutch Christmas cards

Pentru cine nu a citit acum un an articolul despre traditia felicitarilor de Craciun in Olanda, nu e prea tarziu. Ca sa va puneti in tema, dati click aici.

Anul acesta, timbrele lunii decembrie (=timbre care pot fi folosite pentru felicitari de Craciun in decembrie, costand cu 10 centi mai putin decat cele obisnuite) arata asa:
A year ago I wrote about the Dutch tradition of sending Christmas cards, explaining how most of the Dutch send lots of cards and that there are even special stamps each year for sending holiday cards within the Netherlands. This year’s December stamps (=stamps which can be used for holiday cards in December, costing 10 cent less than regular ones) look like this:


Ma pregatesc sa incep, urati-mi succes 🙂
Getting started… wish me luck 🙂


Sper sa fiu inspirata de pomul de Craciun pe care il avem de duminica (dupa cum am scris in post-ul anterior, olandezii fac bradul devreme):


Getting inspired by the Chritstmas tree we have since Sunday. (As I explained in my previous blog post, the Dutch being early with their trees):


3 ore mai tarziu si cu 3 degete amortite:


3 hours and 3 numb fingers further:


Sarbatori fericite!
Happy holidays!


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Cand incepe Craciunul in Olanda? / When does Christmas start in the Netherlands?

Craciunul olandez se face remarcat foarte bine incepand din 6 decembrie, adica dupa ce Sinterklaas isi ia talpasita. E data de la care multi olandezi simt un imbold sa impodobeasca deja bradul si intra in atmosfera sarbatorilor. Ca sa fie clar, va impartasesc reactia lor la afirmatia mea cum ca noi in Romania am impodobit bradul intotdeauna in ziua ajunului. “Pai atunci ce rost mai are, il impodobiti ca sa aveti ce strange imediat dupa?” Deci nu este practic sa ai bradul de Craciun abia cand incepe Craciunul.

Asa stand lucrurile nu m-a mai mirat nici faptul ca am primit prima felicitare de Craciun anul acesta pe 10 decembrie…

Deci Craciun Fericit, nu as vrea sa va urez abia de Craciun, caci la ce bun? 🙂
P1140051Dutch Christmas is very visible starting December 6th, immediately after Sinterklaas leaves the country. It is the date when many Dutch people feel the urge of decorating their Christmas tree and get all into the Christmas spirit. To make myself clear, I will share the reaction I got when I stated that in Romania we always set the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. “Well what’s the point then, you decorate it just so you can throw it out again?” So it is not practical to have a Christmas tree only with Christmas.

Knowing this, I was not surprised to receive the first Christmas card this year on December 10th…

So I wish you all a Merry Christmas, I wouldn’t want to wish you this only with Christmas 🙂


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Oua de Craciun in Olanda / Christmas eggs in Holland

Craciunul in Olanda este o notiune vaga.

Cum altfel se poate explica prezenta in supermarket a oualor rosii… de Craciun?

Dar inteleg de la surse anonime, pe nume Teo 😉 ,  ca germanii nu au nici o greata si au oua colorate tot anul.

Cum sta treaba unde locuiti voi?

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Christmas in the Netherlands is a vague term.

How else can one explain the presence in the supermarket of red… Christmas eggs?

But I understand from my anonymous source, named Teo 😉 , that in Germany you can find coloured eggs all year long.

How about where you live?

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Posted by on 12 December 2012 in Actualitati, ENGLISH POST, Fenomene olandeze


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