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The Dutch will tell you children love Piet and he gets his black face from climbing down the chimney. Putting up a Christmas tree The Dutch love their Christmas trees.
If you really want to make them angry, you can point out Piet first appeared as an anonymous Moorish page in a book written in 1850. From October onwards, every garden centre turns at least half its floor space over to a giant display of Christmas tat – including tree decorations of every hue and material. The Dutch have been fighting a battle against the encroachment on Dutch traditions by Father Christmas or Santa Claus.
I recently had to go to the Marriott Hotel to collect a colleague who was visiting from the US, Dave Goodman and take him to our office in Amstelveen.
He was supposed to be meeting me in the reception area but wasn’t there.
The problems don't end even when you manage to break down their initial barriers.My advice, may be controversial, however, like Brian who was crucified on the cross for his beliefs or that great leader of the Roman slave rebellion of old, I will stand up, unafraid and shout out “I am Spartacus” without fear of the consequences. Every man is different, so of course I will have to generalise.The tips I will provide are just ways of helping to at least get as far as a good conversation, or better still the things that expat women should not say to Dutch men.The most important distinction is between the Randstad (Rim City) and non-Randstad cultures.Randstad culture is distinctly urban, located in the provinces of North Holland, South Holland, and Utrecht.
Pages of posts in Expatica's discussion forums brand Dutch women as rude and aloof.