Dutch term: Kerstmis

The word Kerstmis means Christmas. Traditionally, Christmas was celebrated in the Netherlands by going to to church and celebrating at home by having extra nice food. Dutch people did not give each other gifts for Christmas, as that was done on St. Nicholas’ Eve (5 December).

Over the last couple of years, Christmas has grown in popularity in the Netherlands so today it is not just a holiday but also a time when many people share gifts.

Family around a Christmas tree, with presents

Family at Christmas [1961]. Credits: Spaarnestad Photo

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