Learn Christmas Traditions and Customs in Holland
World Book’s Christmas in Holland is a richly illustrated, 80-page volume about Christmas traditions in Holland and other provinces of the Netherlands. The text and illustrations combine to show how people celebrate a favorite Dutch holiday, from its roots in pagan rituals to its continued relevance in modern times.
Christmas in Holland begins with the ways that people prepare for the holiday in their homes and in their cities. The book introduces the beloved figure of Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas), depicts how streets and homes are decorated, and describes the delectable foods families savor as part of the traditional Dutch celebration of Christmas. From nation-wide parades welcoming Sinterklaas to shopping in special Christmas markets, preparing surprises for friends and family, and unique customs specific to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Christmas in Holland captures the spirit of the holiday in this central European land. Also included are details about other Dutch holidays that are celebrated at this time—the feast of St. Nicholas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Three Kings’ Day.
Christmas Around the World Series:
Christmas in Holland is a part of World Book’s Christmas Around the World book series. Each volume includes detailed recipes for traditional Christmas foods, illustrated instructions for traditional national crafts, and words and music to beloved carols. The text is suitable for all grade levels.