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Some 55% of Dutch expats think the Dutch have become ruder since they left the country.
Addressing the Dutch in their native language may result in a reply in English.
The main subjects of Dutch jokes at the time were deranged households, drunken clerics (mostly of the Roman Catholic Church) and people with mental and/or physical handicaps.
A main theme was the reproof of immoral ethics: the 'Vicar's wagging finger'.
In the 16th century, the Dutch were renowned for their humor throughout Europe, and many travel journals have notes on the happy and celebratory nature of the Dutch.
Farces and joke books were in demand and many Dutch painters chose to paint humorous paintings, Jan Steen being a good example.
A wonderful Dutch custom that can be substituted for the guest book is to create a wedding "wish tree." At the reception a beautiful tree branch is placed next to the bride and groom's table, and paper leaves attached to pieces of colorful ribbon are placed at each guest's place setting.
Guests write their special wish for the happy couple on their leaves, which the bride and groom can then read and hang on the tree.
Instead of tossing her bouquet, the bride would give out her crown, and whoever got it was the next to be married.The bride's house was painted green and the families would host a party where the couple would sit on a throne beneath pine trees as their guests came to bless them and wish them happiness.During the ceremony, the bride and groom walk on a bed of flowers to the altar and flowers are tossed at them as they depart.If the family approves, the bride would receive a trousseau (dowry) from her parents and her future father-in-law would give her a "chatelaine," which consists of a chain or rope made of silver or leather that contained various items such as a pair of scissors, a pincushion, a needle case, a small knife, and a mirror.
Before the ceremony, the bridesmaids would fill the bride's basket with green garlands and flowers as well as decorate the groom's pipe with garlands and ribbons.
This continued into the 1960s: during World War II, American soldiers were instructed not to tell jokes to the Dutch as "they would not appreciate it".