culture win!

Right, so I’ve written before about Halloween in Germany, and how I love the holiday but don’t think it survived the transfer to Germany intact, right? And I may have mentioned that DrBob HATES Halloween, thinks sending kids door-to-door to beg for candy is just the antithesis of everything right and good and true, and no matter how many times I tell him “it’s not begging, they are Evil Spirits who must be propitiated,” he’s having none of it.

SO now here we are in the Netherlands, and he said, late last month (several times), that he didn’t think Dutch culture would have any kind of tolerance for kids going door-to-door and begging for free stuff, maybe something about stalwart protestants, I dunno, I’d stopped listening by then. Anyhoo, we didn’t get any trick-or-treaters (“of course not,” said DrBob, “the Dutch would never put up with kids begging door-to-door” all right all right ALL RIGHT), end of story.

Oh but no. Today I ran into a neighbor, Annemarie, at the bakery, and she said “Do you know about tomorrow? Since you’re new here I thought you might not – it’s Sint Maarten, does the Sniglet want to go with us?” Go with you where? “Oh, the kids go door-to-door and sing songs and you give them candy.”


Song du jour of the day: Bruce Willis, by Kabat


4 responses to “culture win!

  • amy

    Oh, I was just reading the other day about Martinmas, on a handout from the Waldorf school (where the girl and I go for a parent-child group), because they have a little celebration. It’s one of the holidays they make a big deal out of–I think the last one was Michaelmas. Although they didn’t mention begging and treating, they’re having a bonfire and marionettes and a lantern walk. Which all sounds very nice, if you happen not to have a 1yo.

    So will the Snig get to go?

  • Kel

    BWAHAHAHAHA. Erm, hmm. Yes.

  • Melanie

    Hee hee hee, poor DrWRONGBob.

    And nice and thoughtful neighbour! (Sorry, thoghtfl neighbor, I know you hate those “u”s) This means she wants to be your friend, cause you’re so great.

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