It's Christmas in Holland. My mother-in-law is Dutch.
Els came to the states when she was 25.
She stayed 25 years then returned home to Holland to marry a new love when Cam was a senior in high school.
As a child, Cam celebrated the Dutch Christmas.
Sam and I are still learning about the customs. (Click here for corrections.)
St. Nicolas' Eve and St. Nicholas' Day are celebrated on December 5 and 6. We have put carrots in our wooden shoes. If we have been good, maybe Sinterklaas will leave small gifts or Christmas candy for us.
I wish we were in Holland to celebrate with Els in her home. We could share a warm drink and tasty treat. I know she has been decorating the house with pine cones, greenery, red berries and I'm sure she's been burning candles.
Els has such a calming spirit.
She is nurturing, kind, supportive, interested and understanding. It would be lovely to just sit and talk with her and her husband, Fritz. I wish healing and happiness for both of them in the coming year.
Vrolijk Kerstfeest, Els.
You are loved.
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