Gezellige dagen. Het kerstdiner als familieritueel in naoorlogs Nederland


  • Leer,Mirjam van


Netherlands, Post World War II period, Rituals, Family life, Christmas, Feeding practices


Cozy Days. Christmas Dinner as a Family Ritual in the Netherlands since World War II. Examines post-WWII changes in Christmas dinner in the Netherlands, drawing on data from the Christmas specials in one of the most popular women's weeklies, Margriet, since 1950. Although religion and family ties have been regarded with increasing skepticism, the majority of Dutch people appear to enjoy exquisite Christmas dinners with their families. The meaning of eating together is explained and related to the changed daily eating practices, noting that traditional meals have become less important and that changes in family hierarchies are reflected in the presentation of the dinners. Other significant changes include increasing emphasis on extrafamilial guests in smaller families and on expressing hospitality by expanded use of Christmas decorations. It is concluded that, although the context in which the Dutch prefer to celebrate Christmas has been subject to gradual changes, the values behind their behavior have remained similar. 1 Photograph, 30 References. Adapted from the source document.

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Leer,Mirjam van