zaterdag 29 december 2012

Oud en Nieuw

Dear Louise, this is what we eat in Amsterdam on newyears eve :
Yes, oliebollen!

donderdag 27 december 2012

Christmas is over

Since my laptop was infected, I couldn't blog for several days. Here the last Christmas image to say goodbye to Christmas and wait for oliebollen and fireworks in a few days.

maandag 10 december 2012

Waiting for Christmas

15 Days
Waiting for Christmas at Damsquare in Amsterdam

zondag 9 december 2012

zaterdag 8 december 2012

Waiting for Christmas

17 Days

The Snowman was adapted as a 26-minute animated film by Dianne Jackson for the fledgling British public-service Channel 4. It was first telecast on 26 December 1982 and was an immediate success. It was nominated for the 1982 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.
The film story is told through pictures, action and music, scored by Howard Blake. It is wordless like the book, except for the song "Walking in the Air". In addition to the orchestral score, performed in the film by the Sinfonia of London, Blake composed the music and lyrics of the song, performed by a St Paul's Cathedral choirboy Peter Auty.
The film ranks 71 on the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes, a year 2000 list drawn up by the British Film Institute, based on a vote by industry professionals. It was voted number 4 in UKTV Gold's Greatest TV Christmas Moments.

(click on "original version" to read in English)

woensdag 5 december 2012

Waiting for Christmas

20 Days

Today is an important day of the year for all Dutch children. It is the birthday of Sinterklaas (St Nicholas).
Instead of giving him presents, he gives presents to the children. Three weeks ago he came to Holland with a steamship from Spain, together with his zwarte pieten (black helpers).
From that day on children put their shoes next to the fireplace every night. They put a carrot in it for the horse of Sinterklaas and sing some special Sinterklaas songs. If they are lucky they'll find a little present in their shoe together with animals or letters made of chocolate and also pepernoten. (tiny speculoos cookies)
Tonight many doorbells will ring and families will find presents on their doorstep to celebrate "het heerlijke avondje" (a wonderful evening)