Christmas is almost here, and we’re already noticing some universal and dutch-esque signs. The days are getting colder, there’s a forecast for snow along with the hope of an Elfstedentocht, the Christmas music of Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé are defrosting as we type, and there’s a wonderful aroma of Oliebollen in the air. Loved by many, and despised by The Grinch, there’s no escaping this magical season.
As you may already know, our Settly team has people who have relocated from all over this beautiful world and everyone celebrates Christmas in their own, unique way. But, what makes Christmas in The Netherlands so eventful? Well, there’s always something to do! (COVID regulations permitting, of course!). So, we spoke to some of our team members and have listed down their personal recommendations on celebrating Christmas here in the hope that it inspires you if you’re into trying something new!
Here they are!
Annemiek says: For me, Christmas = food! For us Dutchies, there’s something we like doing on Christmas when it comes for dinner, and it’s called Gourmet. It’s a hot plate that you place on the table allowing everyone to become their own chef!
Supermarkets are well prepared days in advance and you’ll find tiny versions of everything you can imagine for the gourmet; from tiny burgers, tiny pancakes, tiny steaks, you name it and they will have it! It’s the perfect choice for the indecisive cooks out there, as you don’t want to have to spend the entire day in the kitchen.
Marieke says: Having lived in warm countries for over a decade and spending Christmas on the beach, I had to adjust my mindset a bit! haha, but now, I am fully loving the winter set-up in The Netherlands.
All the lights in the city make it very gezellig to walk around the city and grab a Glühwein along the way to stay warm. For those who have kids, I would also highly recommend The Amsterdam Winter Paradise!
Kamisha says: Oliebollen!! I would recommend trying Oliebollen. You know when the stands start popping up around town that Christmas is on its way.” Adding to that, there’s plenty of options to choose from, including our personal favourites, the nutella bol, rozijnbol, banaanbol, etc.