I don't know if you have noticed but there are some really nice experiences you can have during your (short of permanent) stay in the Netherlands. Here are the stuff that I like more and more as the time passes and I am celebrating more and more Christmas and New year's days in the Netherlands.
Yeah, I know that Christmas markets exist in several countries (in Greece too), but Dutch Christmas markets are unbelievable. So many lights, so full of Christmas decoration, so many choices in food and drinks and such good chances to try ice-skating! I just love walking through Christmas markets wherever I am in the country.
Christmas flowers and candies
You know, I really adore these red plants that especially during December you can find them everywhere. Moreover, I love the variety of Christmas candies and cakes that I can buy at the super-market or candy shops everywhere.
I like a lot the possibility that on Christmas day it may actually snow!
I know that a lot of people around the world use to send Christmas cards to their beloved ones but here sending cards to everyone you know (or even you don't know) is a pretty serious thing and Dutch people love to do it! Also during the last years a lot of Greek immigrants that live here started doing the same. Am I gonna do it next year? Well probably, yes!
Dutch are crazy about them and sometimes they cannot wait Christmas to come and they just start using them every day, anytime. During New Year's Eve the amount of fireworks that is bought is unbelievable. You know where all these tones of fireworks have been gone when you will see them and – especially - hear them the moment everyone is welcoming the new year.
I wish all of you have a wonderful Christmas Day and a full of unique moments 2016!