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    Is Receiving A Bicycle For Holiday Presents Common Practice In Europe?

    In my own home as a child and a teenager growing up in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s, I used to go to my local Dutch Bike Dealership (owned and operated by a immigrant Dutch family) and picked out a nice bike for the holidays. I treasured those bikes and even today I still credit them for grounding me into both choosing the right bike and using them for far more than a plaything or status symbol. I was wondering if my counterparts in Europe-especially The Netherlands, UK, Germany, Austria,Scandinavia, and France also buys their own bikes during this season for themselves or their children.

    And for the children, who is credited for giving gifts; Father Christmas, Old Man Christmas, Yule Man Sinterklaas, Jultomte, Knecht Ruprecht, Christkind, Weihnachtsmann, Mikulás, Gwiazdor, Grandfather Frost & Snow Maiden, Djed Mraz, etc.? I hope I did not miss anyone’s favorite figure from the holidays. Over here we have had crass commercialism through ho-ho-hos, pushy advertisement blitz, and tiny reindeer for so long that all the old traditional practices were lost when our European ancestors came here and adopted Commercial Claus over their own traditions.
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    I don't know if it's a common practice, but I'd love to get a bicycle as a Christmas present. A Batavus would be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerv View Post
    I don't know if it's a common practice, but I'd love to get a bicycle as a Christmas present. A Batavus would be fine.
    ...I take the XL BTW

    I am not getting a bicycle for Christmas (that I am aware of), but I am sure I will get several gift certificates from our LBS that will go towards parts for my current builds.


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    Ikea is giving bikes to it's employees this year. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20101207005475/en

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    I am getting a new bike for Christmas this year. My wife gave me a 2010 Norco City Glide and I picked it up last Thursday. Of course, being me, I couldn't wait till 25 December.

    This is what I got except in Red:

    http://www.norco.com/bikes/urban/city-glide/city-glide/

    I tried to post a picture but I couldn't get it to work. Anyways, I have already called it the Red Menace Mk. II. The first Red Menace was a 1993 Ford Tempo.
    Last edited by nelson249; 12-07-10 at 02:34 PM. Reason: Trying to post a picture and it didn't work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    Ikea is giving bikes to it's employees this year. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20101207005475/en
    Wow!!!!!!!
    I like this news. I want to work for IKEA!

    "It's been a good year for IKEA, so what better way to celebrate our success than to thank our IKEA co-workers who made this happen. Our big reveal today will be a fun day as we unload 12,400 new bikes at IKEA US locations. This is our way of saying 'thanks IKEA co-workers for being strongly committed to working together.' We hope this bike will be taken in the spirit of the season while supporting a healthy lifestyle and everyday sustainable transport," commented Mike Ward, IKEA US President.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
    Ikea is giving bikes to it's employees this year. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20101207005475/en
    i wouldn't trust a bike from ikea, judging by the quality of their plywood furniture.

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    I think I'm getting some stuff for my bike tour. a tent, maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by albertmoreno View Post
    i wouldn't trust a bike from ikea, judging by the quality of their plywood furniture.
    They use plywood? It thought it was particle board. Plywood actually makes pretty decent furniture if it is used correctly, think Swedish Modern, the swoopy looking stuff, most of that was made from laminate veneers (plywood). But then again there is good plywood and not good plywood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by albertmoreno View Post
    i wouldn't trust a bike from ikea, judging by the quality of their plywood furniture.
    Some of my IKEA bookcases are over 15 years old and still in one piece. It's really not bad for the price. And I like the simple looks. Although, these bikes are really crappy, they could have done better.

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    I was wondering if my counterparts in Europe-especially The Netherlands, UK, Germany, Austria,Scandinavia, and France also buys their own bikes during this season for themselves or their children.

    And for the children, who is credited for giving gifts; Father Christmas, Old Man Christmas, Yule Man Sinterklaas, Jultomte, Knecht Ruprecht, Christkind, Weihnachtsmann, Mikulás, Gwiazdor, Grandfather Frost & Snow Maiden, Djed Mraz, etc.?
    I only ever once received a bike for a birthday present the other 'birthday' bike was part gift and part my own savings. I know more people who got bikes at birthdays.
    Netherlands, that is.
    When I was a child most kid's bikes would be hand me downs, and not suitable for nicely packaged presents.
    As bikes are cheaper now and people have more money on average, there will be more kids who get a bike for a present. Birthdays, Sinterklaas (5th of December) or in some cases Christmas.

    Children here believe in Sinterklaas, see here or here for some pictures and an explanation. When the kids stop believing, at age 8 or so, some families start giving the gifts at Christmas, but I do not know any Dutch families with kids who believe in Santa. Expat families sometimes do, so we have to be 'polite' about santa in public.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willeke_igkt View Post
    I only ever once received a bike for a birthday present the other 'birthday' bike was part gift and part my own savings. I know more people who got bikes at birthdays.
    Netherlands, that is.
    I'm guessing if you needed a bike around Dec 5, that might be an opportunity for a Sinterklaas to lay a new Colgnago your way

    Generally though isn't Christmas about giving things you don't really need? Like an extra pair of socks or something. Or a bakfiets for wahoonc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willeke_igkt View Post
    I only ever once received a bike for a birthday present the other 'birthday' bike was part gift and part my own savings. I know more people who got bikes at birthdays.
    Netherlands, that is.
    When I was a child most kid's bikes would be hand me downs, and not suitable for nicely packaged presents.
    As bikes are cheaper now and people have more money on average, there will be more kids who get a bike for a present. Birthdays, Sinterklaas (5th of December) or in some cases Christmas.

    Children here believe in Sinterklaas, see here or here for some pictures and an explanation. When the kids stop believing, at age 8 or so, some families start giving the gifts at Christmas, but I do not know any Dutch families with kids who believe in Santa. Expat families sometimes do, so we have to be 'polite' about santa in public.
    Thank you for sharing your unique Dutch holidays practices with me. I feel even more fortunate about receiving my bikes during the holiday season now that I have finally learned how the Dutch children receive their gifts (and what type of gifts they would more likely get than not).

    As for Sinterklaas, He seems to be more likely something out of a good horror movie....

    "....Wednesday, November 3 was the new horror film SINT festive premiere at the Stopera in Amsterdam. NFF TV was there and spoke with the creators and guests: Dick Maas, Egbert-Jan Weeber, Caro Lenssen, Huub Stapel, Halina Reijn, Robert de Hoog, and Martin Koolhoven Tygo.
    ST runs from November 11, 2010 in the cinema...."
    -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAad_3yUbz4&feature=channel
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK55nao-vvw&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grQJk_xX0CM&NR=1

    One thing I can say for this particular holiday image, he is definitely not boring like our Commercial Claus. I would like to see this movie even though I don't understand what is being said.

    From: http://www.esquire.com/features/ESQ1202-DEC_SEDARIS#ixzz17xhYiVRU
    • A heartwarming tale of Christmas in a foreign land where, if you've been naughty, SAINT NICK and his friends give you an ass-whuppin'
    • Unlike our Santa, SAINT NICHOLAS is painfully thin, dresses like the pope, and tops off his robes with a tall hat resembling a tea cozy.
    • In addition to a great Christmas story, THE DUTCH have thrown in legalized drugs and prostitution. What's not to love about that?
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