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Useful Xmess Info




http://www.amsterdam.info/events/christmas/

The restaurant guide looks handy. other more general information too.

Gonna be in Amsterdam for Christams...not long now :-)
http://www.amsterdam.info/events/christmas/

The restaurant guide looks handy. other more general information too.

Gonna be in Amsterdam for Christams...not long now :-)


Good info...this is taken from that site
"...On the eve of the 5 December, the children leave their boots by the fireplace, hoping to wake up to find them filled with sweets. On the day itself, families gathered to exchange gifts and (traditionally) insulting poems, and eat lavish holiday meals."

Did anyone ( in Amsterdam) receive an insulting poem, and would they like to share it here?
What dates will you be in Amsterdam? I'll post you on the Whos In Town page.

Enjoy
FlyByNite
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Good info...this is taken from that site
"...On the eve of the 5 December, the children leave their boots by the fireplace, hoping to wake up to find them filled with sweets. On the day itself, families gathered to exchange gifts and (traditionally) insulting poems, and eat lavish holiday meals."

Did anyone ( in Amsterdam) receive an insulting poem, and would they like to share it here?
That's not really correct. Sinterklaas' birthday is celebrated on 5-12, and he arrives at the end of November. From his arrival on, kids leave their boots by the fireplace, hoping to get a treat or little present. On the night of 5 December, we indeed exchange gifts and poems. We celebrated last night because Mum's busy tonight. Mr Anne apparently was my Sinterklaas (it's a bit like Secret Santa, you don't know who buys you a present until the celebration). I'll try to translate his poem.

Sint and the Pieten were thinking
What they'd give Anne this year
Something warm, said Sint
She's often cold, the poor child

Or something loud to wake her up
So she'll be in time for her appointments
Perhaps something funny with a lot of colours
Would that help against her bad morning moods?

She likes good food
But don't forget, only if it's out of a pack
Then out to dinner in a restaurant
So she won't have to fear she'll burn something

She loves Harry Potter
Sometimes you even hear a bit of crying
But she's already read all the books
She even talked her boyfriend into it

The Pieten were going mad
Then Sint said, something for the legs
But then what's in the other pack
Open it up, easily

So the poem was about me hating cooking, being rubbish at getting up early and having the worst moods then, and being obsessed with Harry Potter. Yes, I cried a bit whilst reading it, ha ha. He got me wollen stockings (asked for those) and earrings.
Good info...this is taken from that site
"...On the eve of the 5 December, the children leave their boots by the fireplace, hoping to wake up to find them filled with sweets. On the day itself, families gathered to exchange gifts and (traditionally) insulting poems, and eat lavish holiday meals."

Did anyone ( in Amsterdam) receive an insulting poem, and would they like to share it here?
That's not really correct. Sinterklaas' birthday is celebrated on 5-12, and he arrives at the end of November. From his arrival on, kids leave their boots by the fireplace, hoping to get a treat or little present. On the night of 5 December, we indeed exchange gifts and poems. We celebrated last night because Mum's busy tonight. Mr Anne apparently was my Sinterklaas (it's a bit like Secret Santa, you don't know who buys you a present until the celebration). I'll try to translate his poem.





Sint and the Pieten were thinking
What they'd give Anne this year
Something warm, said Sint
She's often cold, the poor child

Or something loud to wake her up
So she'll be in time for her appointments
Perhaps something funny with a lot of colours
Would that help against her bad morning moods?

She likes good food
But don't forget, only if it's out of a pack
Then out to dinner in a restaurant
So she won't have to fear she'll burn something

She loves Harry Potter
Sometimes you even hear a bit of crying
But she's already read all the books
She even talked her boyfriend into it

The Pieten were going mad
Then Sint said, something for the legs
But then what's in the other pack
Open it up, easily

So the poem was about me hating cooking, being rubbish at getting up early and having the worst moods then, and being obsessed with Harry Potter. Yes, I cried a bit whilst reading it, ha ha. He got me wollen stockings (asked for those) and earrings.



Thanks Anne

Great poem, what a lovely tradition, I guess if we tried that here in the UK it may tax a few of the less articulate...I can just imagine some of the "language" that would be received in a poem...

I like the idea that the poem is personal to the recipient, a much better idea that shows the thought that goes into it, rather than the bland verse seen on some cards!! Although saying that I'm in Amsterdam next week and will be looking for some Christmas cards en Nederlands with unitelligable verse...the people here are to polite to ask what the verses mean...
Thanks for sharing your "gift" with us, well the poem anyway, not sure the earrings would suit me...as I'm 50, and 6'6 ( 1m98 ish) the woolen stockings though..............

Chris
Thanks Anne

Great poem, what a lovely tradition, I guess if we tried that here in the UK it may tax a few of the less articulate...I can just imagine some of the "language" that would be received in a poem...
The water in Mallorca doesn't taste like it ought to? Ha ha.

I like the idea that the poem is personal to the recipient, a much better idea that shows the thought that goes into it, rather than the bland verse seen on some cards!! Although saying that I'm in Amsterdam next week and will be looking for some Christmas cards en Nederlands with unitelligable verse...the people here are to polite to ask what the verses mean...
Thanks for sharing your "gift" with us, well the poem anyway, not sure the earrings would suit me...as I'm 50, and 6'6 ( 1m98 ish) the woolen stockings though..............

Chris
The woolen stockings are very stretchy, I'm sure you'd fit them!

The poems are the most fun of Sinterklaas, in my opinion. Years ago my brother was skiving a lot of classes. I wrote him a poem about that, and apparently my Mum wasn't aware of it at the time so that turned out into a bit of an argument, ha ha.
The water in Mallorca doesn't taste like it ought to? Ha ha.

You're a poet and don''t know it.....




The woolen stockings are very stretchy, I'm sure you'd fit them!

Perhaps I should try some next week ;-))


The poems are the most fun of Sinterklaas, in my opinion. Years ago my brother was skiving a lot of classes. I wrote him a poem about that, and apparently my Mum wasn't aware of it at the time so that turned out into a bit of an argument, ha ha.

And they also cause arguments eh? Great use of the language ha ha
A friend of mine's from East London. When he says 'the water in Mallorca doesn't taste like it ought to' it really does rhyme. He has difficulties writing Sinterklaas poems, as you might imagine!

Woolen stockings are perfect to keep the legs warm during winter when you want to wear a skirt. I'm not sure whether you're female or not, but you might be Scottish and Scottish kilts require woolen stockings to survive Scottish winters.
A friend of mine's from East London. When he says 'the water in Mallorca doesn't taste like it ought to' it really does rhyme. He has difficulties writing Sinterklaas poems, as you might imagine!

Woolen stockings are perfect to keep the legs warm during winter when you want to wear a skirt. I'm not sure whether you're female or not, but you might be Scottish and Scottish kilts require woolen stockings to survive Scottish winters.

Thanks for the info on stockings, however I'm Welsh and male...but I do need something to keep me warm whilst I'm out photographing the "sights" (sic) apart from my hip flask full of Brandy that is...
Hope it's dry on the 13th!!! or maybe snow That would be good, i've never yet managed to get a photo of iced over canals, still it's a reason to keep coming back ha ha
You're Welsh? Great! Just get some wool from sheep to knit your own stockings from!

The last Winter we had ice, real ice that you can skate on, was about ten years ago I think?
You're Welsh? Great! Just get some wool from sheep to knit your own stockings from!

The last Winter we had ice, real ice that you can skate on, was about ten years ago I think?

Now why didn't I think of that, Diolch yn Fawr, now here are the knitting needles...

I have a postcard of a group of men sitting on sofas with a reading lamp on a frozen canal, looks very cold but fun nevertheless.
What does Diolch yn Fawr mean?
Diolch yn Fawr = Thanks very much
Diolch = Thanks
Diolch cariad = Thanks love
So do people in Wales actually speak Welsh all the time, or do most speak English anyway?
A friend of mine's from East London. When he says 'the water in Mallorca doesn't taste like it ought to' it really does rhyme. He has difficulties writing Sinterklaas poems, as you might imagine!

Woolen stockings are perfect to keep the legs warm during winter when you want to wear a skirt. I'm not sure whether you're female or not, but you might be Scottish and Scottish kilts require woolen stockings to survive Scottish winters.



People i know just wear some jeans! simple.
I have some good x-mas info!


1.buy some booze (a big bottle)

2.buy some weed (an oz should do)

3.hide till its all over

4.most important of all hide your wallet till its all over

5.answer the door to no1! especialy the TV licence man

6.If all above fails fake insanity
Some do, I was taught it at school, although mostly English is spoken. In the North where I live there are more Welsh speakers allegedly!! And there is a difference in pronounciation between the Southerners and us "Gogs"(Gogledd=North). There has been a revival in the last few years as more Councils have decided that there is money available mainly from Brussels, so now street signs are bi-lingual and all local authorities and Hsopitals write everything twice,in English and Welsh, it's quite time consuming when you telephone the council and have to listen to everything in Welsh and English.

Nos da
that's good night by the way
6.If all above fails fake insanity

or go missing for 5 yrs after faking a canoe accident
Some do, I was taught it at school, although mostly English is spoken. In the North where I live there are more Welsh speakers allegedly!! And there is a difference in pronounciation between the Southerners and us "Gogs"(Gogledd=North). There has been a revival in the last few years as more Councils have decided that there is money available mainly from Brussels, so now street signs are bi-lingual and all local authorities and Hsopitals write everything twice,in English and Welsh, it's quite time consuming when you telephone the council and have to listen to everything in Welsh and English.

Nos da
that's good night by the way
I suppose many Welsh feel it's important to keep their own language alive, which is understandable. Ha ha, I bet I wouldn't hear the difference between two Welsh dialects.
I can almost hear our own very thin skinned UKBL right now.....some of us miss you.


Peace
Some do, I was taught it at school, although mostly English is spoken. In the North where I live there are more Welsh speakers allegedly!! And there is a difference in pronounciation between the Southerners and us "Gogs"(Gogledd=North). There has been a revival in the last few years as more Councils have decided that there is money available mainly from Brussels, so now street signs are bi-lingual and all local authorities and Hsopitals write everything twice,in English and Welsh, it's quite time consuming when you telephone the council and have to listen to everything in Welsh and English.

Nos da
that's good night by the way
I suppose many Welsh feel it's important to keep their own language alive, which is understandable. Ha ha, I bet I wouldn't hear the difference between two Welsh dialects.


After a couple of beer's I doubt I would either...
What dates will you be in Amsterdam? I'll post you on the Whos In Town page.

Enjoy
FlyByNite


Hi
Will be there 24th-29th December.
6.If all above fails fake insanity

or go missing for 5 yrs after faking a canoe accident


Yea! the cops have charged him,He was fooling no1 with his lies! maybe that daft "geezer" woody thats about it,Oh woody can i ask you permisssion to visit amterdam again mate??? pleeeease,As your from london & are so special,I have to ask your permission as your the self apointed spokesman for amsterdam all of a sudden + you know everything about anything,In your own mind maybe ya daft ape! your great for a laugh lmfao thanks mr playboy geezer.
6.If all above fails fake insanity

or go missing for 5 yrs after faking a canoe accident


Yea! the cops have charged him,He was fooling no1 with his lies! maybe that daft "geezer" woody thats about it,Oh woody can i ask you permisssion to visit amterdam again mate??? pleeeease,As your from london & are so special,I have to ask your permission as your the self apointed spokesman for amsterdam all of a sudden + you know everything about anything,In your own mind maybe ya daft ape! your great for a laugh lmfao thanks mr playboy geezer.

I don't suppose you've ever been. In fact, I doubt you often leave your tennents cans and needle strewn Leith bedsit.
6.If all above fails fake insanity

or go missing for 5 yrs after faking a canoe accident


Yea! the cops have charged him,He was fooling no1 with his lies! maybe that daft "geezer" woody thats about it,Oh woody can i ask you permisssion to visit amterdam again mate??? pleeeease,As your from london & are so special,I have to ask your permission as your the self apointed spokesman for amsterdam all of a sudden + you know everything about anything,In your own mind maybe ya daft ape! your great for a laugh lmfao thanks mr playboy geezer.

I don't suppose you've ever been. In fact, I doubt you often leave your tennents cans and needle strewn Leith bedsit.

Stinging . But depressingly likely.
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