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.