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The Dutch celebrate Sinterklaas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinterklaas) and give presents then (December 5th) instead of Christmas
Wikipedia says that 42% of the people in the Netherlands have no religious affiliation, compared to 4% non-affiliated in Ireland. 9% of the Swiss do not believe that there is any sort of spirit, God, or life force. In the Ukraine, 62.5% of people surveyed said "it's complicated".
Obviously, the Dutch are big Waldfogel fans.
I read Waldfogel as saying "give cash", not "don't give", but I bet the Dutch do love them some Waldfogel!
The Dutch are stereotypically cheap.
Santa Claus was inspired by the Dutch holiday of 'Sinterklaas': at the evening of 5 December families come together and receive presents with poems from the Saint (drawing straws to determine who does whose gifts). It has got nothing to do with being cheap. That is just cheap.
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