I grew up with the belief that Jezicek brought the gifts. I remember so well the meal my mother made: fish chowder made from carp my father caught, fried carp (again some that dad caught), potato salad and apple strudel for dessert. I repeat this meal for my family each Christmas Eve, except there is no carp - usually a mild, less bony fish - actually boneless fillets. When I was a child, after dinner, my father would take us for a ride to visit churches in the area and see their decorations. That gave mother time to clean up the dinner dishes and prepare for Jezisek. When we arrived back home, mother was still in the kitchen, just finishing the clean up and miracously there were all these gifts under the tree. We carried on this tradition to some extent when my newphews and nieces came over after Christmas Eve Dinner but it was not the same. I married a woman raised in the "Santa Claus" tradition, so we have Christmas presents on the morning of the 25th. But, as I said, I keep the fast on Christmas Eve and the traditional meal.