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 ::  Muisjes (Dutch for 'little mice'
    Typical Dutch birth tradition

    During the 17th century , people drank a
    special liquor to celebrate the birth of a baby,
    'Hansje in the cellar'.
    The new mother received all kind of sweets 
    and food from the neighbours who took care
    of her.
    In return the parents of a newly born baby
    would give the maternity visitors biscuits 
    with a layer of butter and sugar sprinkles
    (muisjes), pink for a girl and white for a boy.
    Nowadays the sprinkles for a boy have
    become blue.
   
    Muisjes are really no more than aniseed
    sprinkles with a sugared and coloured
    (pink, blue and in special occasions orange)
    outer layer.
   
    Mice also stand for fertility. The anise used
    for the muisjes would be good for the mothers
    milk and scare away evil spirits.
> Which month does the AMETHYST birthstone represent?

::  Birth cards 

    When a baby is born parents announce
    his or her birth and the babies name
to there family and friends
    with a birth card.
    Date of birth, weight, length and other
    information are mention on the card.














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