On Friday 11th December 2015, I received a press invite (through my work at www.thehagueonline.com) for the “Dag van de Kerstster” (Day of the Christmas Star).

Here is information from the Dutch language section of http://www.kerstster.info/nl/de-kerstster-heeft-een-eigen-dag.html

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….and English….http://www.christmas-star.info

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Called a “Poinsettia” in English, the Kerstster plant is a popular decoration for this time of year, and the press event I attended was organised by PR company Weber Shandwick on behalf of Stars for Europe, the organisation of Kerstster growers in the Netherlands.

At the event on 11 December 2015, Dutch BN’er Lodewijk Hoekstra (from the tv shows Eigen Huis & Tuin and Green Kids) gave away these colourful plants to the residents of the care village Ipse de Bruggen in Nootdorp.  This is actually really close to where I live and I wasn’t aware of how extensive this great facility is.  It’s essentially a village for those with disabilities to be able to live as independently as possible, but still with all the support they need. It had a lovely atmosphere with caring workers and residents excited to meet Lodewijk.  A huge Christmas tree added to the festive spirit.   Here’s my images of the event.

For care tips and decoration ideas for how these plants can brighten your home, visit the website http://www.christmas-star.info 

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