Last week was a bit of a blur as the holidays are getting into motion around here. Sinterklaas will be dropping cadeautjes (little gifts) at our home the evening of 5 December, but we had the chance to see him at the university last Wednesday. Sint always arrives about 3 weeks in advance of "his" day, and so he is still making his rounds around the country, checking in with everyone, and spreading snoepjes (candies), pepernoten (spice cookies), and occasionally, a few advanced cadeautjes. This tour of the country really fuels the kids' excitement - so there is no question of when he is coming.
|Sinterklaas visiting at the university|
We also got to celebrate Thanksgiving, expat style, over the weekend. A delicious spread of goose, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, red cabbage, peas, corn, and pumpkin pie hit the spot. Good friends and good food always make for a wonderful time! And there are left-overs to be had, which is also exciting.
|Little Man was the first at the table... he was very excited for the spread.|
This week, Little Man is anticipating the arrival of Sinterklaas and speculating about the possible cadeautjes that will arrive. The house already looks pretty festive since I put up the Christmas decorations last week (I couldn't wait anymore), and we'll enjoy the evening with some delicious food and good company. I'm sure we're missing a lot as far as how to have a "traditional" Sinterklaasavond - right now it's a blend of what we do know about Sinterklaas and how we would do Santa Claus in the States, but that works for us, and if there's anything amiss, I'm sure Little Man will help us to correct it.
Also arriving this week is the start of the Food in Dutch series - with the first post appearing tomorrow. Recipes and photos will be included!
Like many others, we've started the preparation for Christmas. I wanted to have something to reflect my Christmas excitement on the blog, so I decided to do my first daily photo challenge for the month of December, which will be posted here and on Instagram. You can find the photo topic list and my first "Picturing Christmas" photo here.
We're already off to start our week - Here's to your week and your plans!