Happy 12-1/2 Anniversary!

“Huh?” Yes, that’s pretty much the reaction of local friends and my side of the family too.

In the Dutch culture, the 12-1/2 year wedding anniversary is a huge deal. While some might mark their tenth anniversary as an important milestone here,  it’s the 12-1/2 anniversary  (half of 25) that brings on the congratulations and celebration back in the Netherlands aka Holland. Don’t believe me? Check out the PRE-PRINTED card my parents-in-law sent us:

So happy anniversary to my husband of 12-1/2 years :) Aren’t international customs fun?

About TerriAnn van Gosliga

TerriAnn van Gosliga is the main writer at Cookies & Clogs and Driving Mamas. Born & raised in the SF Bay Area but loves to travel. She's been married to her best friend for almost 14 years, homeschools her 13-year-old daughter, and has an accident-prone lab mix dog.


  1. That is kinda cool!!!!! Happy 12 1/2!

  2. Wow, I had no idea that 12 1/2 years is a big deal. I love learning new things. Happy 12 1/2 th!

  3. Oh my, I can’t wait for my 12 1/2 anniversary! Finally have another reason to celebrate something! Haha thanks for sharing.

  4. Happy Anniversary!!! Congrats!

  5. Karen Medlin says:

    Happy Anniversary.. this is new to me.. didn’t know it was an important milestone

  6. Happy Anniversary!

  7. Love it, here’s to 12 1/2 more (and then some)! ;)

  8. mette schaefer says:

    We have that in DK too, I remember having a party for my parents’ 12 1/2. Congratulations!

  9. I learned something new today :). Happy 12.5th anniversary.

  10. I learned something new today! Totally cool. Happy belated 12 1/2!

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