Happy Holidays

There is no normal post this week. I only have my traditional festive video for the holiday season to show you. This year’s holiday season is weird, just like this whole year was weird. In the Netherlands we had a final plot twist with our first hard lockdown, which closed everything since yesterday (but for the schools, which will close from today).

Festive lights in the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat in Amsterdam.

That first paragraph was what I wrote last year, but I could, unfortunately, almost copy and paste it for this year. The Netherlands are in lockdown again, since last Sunday this time. Everything is closed, except the essential shops for food and shops for other primary necessities. Which, in The Netherlands, include bicycle shops!

Holiday lights and christmas trees in the Oudkerkhof in Utrecht.

I had filmed my video for the holidays, in Amsterdam, Utrecht and ʼs-Hertogenbosch, before the full lockdown, but at the time all shops had to close at 17:00h (5pm), so there was already a partial lockdown. Regardless of all that is going on in the world I would like to wish you:

Fijne Feestdagen, Happy Holidays, Frohe Feiertage,
Nollaig Shona Duit, Joyeuses Fêtes,
Chuttiyo Ki Shubh Kaamnayein, Felices Fiestas,
Trevlig Helg, Buone Feste, Wesołych Świąt,
Glade feriedage, Festas Felizes,
幸せな休日 and Boas Festas.

There’s a high probability that your native language was in this list. With these 14 languages I could cover the official languages of the top 20 of countries my visitors come from. Which were (in order) The Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, Ireland, France, India, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Poland, New Zealand, Denmark, Singapore, Portugal, Japan and Brazil. If your country wasn’t included, you must live in one of the other 180 countries (and other areas) my visitors came from. I was happy with every single one of the 287,782 visits to my blog and the 4,120,761 views on YouTube. It is great to know that you are truly from all over the world.

Christmas trees and festive lights at the Parade in ʼs-Hertogenbosch.
287,782 visits to my blog from all over the world! Only a few countries remained grey on the map for 2021.

Enjoy the festive video and see you all next year!

The next post will be published on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

Happy Holidays 2021, showing Amsterdam, Utrecht and ʼs-Hertogenbosch.

7 thoughts on “Happy Holidays

  1. Mark, thank you so much for your videos. Where I live in Toronto, bicycle shops are also deemed by the provincial government to be essential services.

  2. Have a great holiday, Mark, and thank you for the very informative videos! I always enjoy watching them. I hope you don’t have to wait too much longer for your heart surgery.

    Best regards
    Norbert from Germany

  3. Il Festi t Tajba from Malta. Let s all hope for a better new year…I found your blog and videos very therapeutic during this hard time. Since I retired it was in my plan to visit the Netherlands, but unfortunately all this happened. Keep up the great work.

    Thank you again

    David Axiaq Malta

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