hether you are celebrating the Christmas season in The Netherlands for the first time, or consider yourself a long-term expat, it is nice to understand how Dutch Christmas unfolds.
Aside from the differences with the traditional Santa Claus from The Northeast, other key differences include the date of celebration. In The Netherlands, you open gifts on December 5th instead of December 25th.
Called pakjesavond, on this night, children get to open the gifts left by Sinterklaas. Families and friends also surprise one another with small gifts or hand-written poems.
If you are an expat, international student, or just moved as a highly skilled migrant for work, mark your calendars for the arrival of Sinterklaas and get a taste for how the Dutch kick-off Christmas season.
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