This is apparent from a representative poll among about 1000 adult Dutch people, commissioned by the website Lootjestrek.nl. With all those Sinterklaas celebrates, the party will be celebrated this year even bigger than in 2019. In many cases, grandpa and grandma will be there again.
Yet we still take corona into account:
- 4 percent of the Dutch expect that Christmas Eve and Christmas will still be expected online.
- 35 percent plan to celebrate Sinterklaas with the whole family, compared to 43 percent in 2019.
- 10 percent of people who do not celebrate St. and Christmas say it has to do with corona.
The weekend of the Dutch Tour is traditionally the time when most people start drawing lots, says Arjan Kuiper, founder of Lootjestrek.nl. Last year, 3 million tickets had been drawn by the end of the year. There will be a lot more this year, are predictions. The website has already had 40 percent more visitors in recent weeks in the same period in 2020.
“We notice that people want to come together again,” says Kuiper. “The fact that the cabinet wants to be and wants more than four visitors at home for the holidays is in line with this.”
Santa spends even more
Sinterklaas can also cost quite a bit. We are again spending more on gifts, the poll showed: an average of 133 euros. Last year this was 115 euros. This may have to do with corona, says Kuiper. “Perhaps a compensation for the many sitting inside. In any case, the amount was stable for a year. Last year it suddenly made a jump. This is an increase.”
Kuiper is surprised that most Dutch people are this year about receiving their online purchases on time. He calls on you to take delays into account and, above all, to order on time. “You don’t want everything to be delivered between Black Friday (November 26, ed.) on parcel evening. This year we are not only dealing with the end-of-year rush for parcels the end-of-year rush for parcels the end-of-year rush for parcels the transport world and on top of that, not everything is in stock.”