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Movie theaters, Heineken, Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet

Not that they have anything in common. Last night Maarten and I went out to dinner and a movie.  Before the previews there was a Heineken commercial, and it made me chuckle.  In the Netherlands, such an advertisement would have … Continue reading

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Holliday Update

While mostly absent here, Sinterklaas was a very REAL presence in our lives this year.  He came to visit while we were celebrating Pakjes Avond at Maarten’s brother’s home.  He came after dark, his 3 Zwarte Pieten banging on the windows and doors.  Sam … Continue reading

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We are having a hard time transitioning from Sinterklaas to Christmas.  Well, the kids, mostly.  I’ve moved on.  Two of the advent candles have been lit.  Nine doors are open on the advent calendar.  Clutter is being put away to … Continue reading

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