Alles wat ik wil voor Kerstmis is dat je!

Over on the Dutch Review I have shared my ultimate Dutch Christmas Song Playlist. Its harder than it looks to find Christmas tunes that aren’t in English but I’ve come up with 5 favourites to get you in the spirit for festive cheer and other office party based frivolities.

So move over Mariah! Bog off Bing Crosby! Sayonara Shakin’ Stevens! Piss off the Pogues. Copping off in the stationary cupboard or photocopying various body parts is still optional at your Office Christmas Party but here are some of my favourites that you should have on your playlist.  

So crack out the Advocaat and fill your face with Kerstkransjes  and let’s get this party started!

 5. Kling klokje klingelingeling

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A children’s song that is as catchy as it is angelic. ‘Klingelingeling’ translating to ‘bell ringing’ in English is a song about a clock counting down to Christmas. Loved by the masses and sang by 5 year olds everywhere Kling Klokke Klingelingeling comes in at Nummer 5!

 

4. Marco Borsato – Kerstmis

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There is magic, there is fake snow, there is Marco. Such a powerfully festive recipe right there. It’s a feel good movie song and they basicailly shout Christmas on nearly every other line of the song and I am totally fine with that.

 

3. De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig & Katja – Ho Ho Ho

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Get that grove on and feel Hip this festive season. Think The Fresh Prince, its 90s Hip Hop style and who doesn’t love a bit of rap every now and then?! Get those shoulders bouncing and be a Kerstballer with the rest of us! Ho Ho Ho is my nummer 3.

2. Nick & Simon – Vrolijk Kerstfeest

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They are sickly sweet and devilishly handsome Nick en Simon always make it on to any of my Dutch singers’ lists. . This countrified tune will have your foot tapping and hips swaying from the intro. Be it the bells or just the tune Vrolijk Kerstfeest has got me right in the mood and comes in at nummer 2!

 1. De Toppers met Een heel gelukkig kerstfeest!

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One of the first Dutch Christmas Songs I ever heard and learnt. It’s a tune that never leaves me throughout the Christmas period and the video to this one from Toppers is like the most cliché Christmas party ever. I hope my attempt at hosting family this Christmas plays out like this! That’s why Een heel gelukkig Kerstfeest just has to be my nummer 1!

 

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To sing us out I’m going to leave you with the Helemaal Hollands’ Kerstmedley which has all of your favourite tacky Christmas songs to get you in the spirit of Christmas and have you dancing round like a buffoon in a festive sweater. I could have left you with the fabulous Simone Kleinsma’s Kerstmedley   but that felt far too sophisticated.

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5 Things I will always love about the Netherlands

As a fan of a good old list I took the liberty of picking just 5 things that make me keep coming back for more.

  1. c175The love for diverse European music. Be it on the radio or Spotify the diversity of the playlists in and across The Netherlands is richer with culture than ours here. From French hip-hop to latin grooves, English ballads and Dutch pop. The radio is always a treat.
  2. The (overly) friendliness of folk. Once you get past the 3 kisses which really calm down the introductions of new people. Its so apparent the difference with the firm handshake of your best friends, dads work colleague compared to the million kisses from your pseudo-mama. There was kiss-gate once when I threw myself in to the culture of kissing everyone and did so with a stranger – totes awks.
  3. The Dutch attitude. Their cool style and straight talking attitude its always a joy to observe. They look far more comfortable on a bicycle than I do. Double denim is always acceptable and who needs all that make up or perfectly coiffed hair?!  grachten-utrecht-high_rgb_6311
  4. Cake for breakfast is ok and should be utilised at any and every available time.
  5. The outdoor life. Taking a coffee or your dinner out on the terrace in the street instantly puts England and the Netherlands poles apart. My trip in September was the second opportunity I have had to eat outside all year. How we live like this here is beyond me. There is such a relaxing feeling eating your dinner outside and enjoying the warm evening air. We don’t get that here and it makes me very very jealous.

 

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Twelve Days of Christmas – Favourite Song

Lb111166fee612abc499bfbeead36410cet me start by announcing that I LOVE christmas music, from pop songs to choral psalms I love them. This year I’ve been to a massive XXX carol concerts and would happily do them all over again.

Ding Dong Merrily on High!

Favourite religious carols include:56120372

  • Silent Night
  • Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
  • In The Bleak Mid Winter
  • Away in a Manger
  • O Holy Nigh

Favourite pop songs:

  • Fairytale of New York (obvs!)
  • Winter wonderland
  • Jingle bell rock
  • Silver Bells
  • Santa Baby

I could go on!

This year I heard a Christmas song I had never heard before and here is a perfect place to share it. I can only find this recording by The Connecticut Choral Society. Its just beautiful!

Sexy When I Dance aka Sexy Als Ik Dans

Now we all know I have a slightly ridiculous obsession with Neislon. I’ve never kept that a secret from you all 😉

Here’s his song (one of my favourites) sang in English! The perfect Dutch-English bridged version to interest all of my readers regardless to their language competencies. Come on everyone, sing along! A nice little discovery of Mr Matt Simons too!