Getting the Christmas Tree Home via Bike: 2020 Edition


It’s that time of year again! Or rather, it was a few weeks ago. But – the key thing is I’ve squeaked into home with this annual tradition of a post. And this year we stepped it up to video format. Ya know, using all that spare time we have.

Now in its 8th year, this is our annual “Christmas Tree by Bike” tradition. It started when we lived in Paris, using a bike share Velib to make the trek from our favorite Christmas Tree vendor at the flower markets in the shadow of Notre Dame, to just across the river to our apartment.

In case you missed some of the previous years, here ya go:

Velib2015 Velib2016 ChristmasTree2018 ChristmasTree2019

Now, this year we’d be upping the ante with the full load of kids onboard – all three Peanuts were allocated to tree guarding duties, plus me as the volunteered captain of the ship. The Girl helped get photos, video, and most importantly: Was the child whisper/ snack-keeper.

As is usually the case, we take our tree on a loop around the city on our way home. But this time we figured we’d step it up a notch and try and shoot a video of it – initially more just for our own friends and family. But it turns out I had enough footage around to make something more substantial out of it. Perhaps a bit different than your normal DCR tech review video – but fun and bikes nonetheless.

With that – simply hit play – sit back, and enjoy!

Thanks for watching, and if you celebrate Christmas – have a Merry Christmas. And if you don’t celebrate Christmas, we can all celebrate in the fact that 2020 only has a few days left!


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  1. Grant Baxter

    Loved it!

  2. Ola

    Fantastic. Have a good Christmas and a happy New Year, and yes – looking forward to 2021…

  3. ReHMn

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everybody in a Maker Family!

  4. Bob Giles

    Great trip, even saw a place I cycled through on a bike trip to Amsterdam from the UK a couple of years ago.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  5. Bruce Burkhalter

    That was really sweet. Thanks for doing this every year.

    I was supposed to work from Amsterdam this past summer. Fingers crossed for next summer!

    Happy holidays to you, your family, and everyone else on the site.

  6. It’s official.. you are a Dutchie.. but I bet I can beat you at this game.. I went to pick up my wife and our first born child from the hospital.. on a bike!
    (I then realised that I was trying to be too Dutch haha.. or rather my wife politely told me that haha)

    Merry Xmas to you all!

  7. Chaim Potok

    Sure was easier for me to carry my Hannukah Menorah around!

    Happy holidays to y’all!

  8. Excellent, really enjoyed that! Thanks.

  9. Jim C

    So initially I thought….Wow! Ray is totally a trooper. He’s got all three kids with him on this crazy Christmas bike trip and then I realize…..Doh!….”The Girl” is holding the camera. You guys still get props for best Christmas Tree extravaganza.

  10. awesome ! so great for your peanuts to experience different cultures and lifestyle

  11. Artem

    Snack – keeper! I need such person for every ride!

  12. Mathieu

    What a great video! I hope you make a tradition of that too.

  13. Tom Smulders

    Broken leg? I hope not with her leg in the spokes of a bike? Classic Dutch bike error!

  14. Marry Christmas to you Ray and your family.

  15. hdb

    Too much fun! Sorry to hear that one of the Peanuts has a broken leg – I hope she’s back to full health soon.

  16. Francis

    Merry Christmas to everyone!

  17. Mark Mingelgreen

    Ray – Merry Christmas to you and your family. Really enjoy your posts all year. Stay well!


    very nice! Best video for the entire year…

    merry Christmas!!!!

  19. Donna

    OK, you guys win the Oscar for best bringing home the Christmas Tree by Bike Cinematography & Videography Award.

  20. JimC

    Happy Christmas y felicidades Ray to you and all the family! And thanks for all the great posts this year :)

  21. JD

    Nice Tour de Vondelpark!
    All I want for Xmas is a eco-friendly tree net wrap. :)
    Hope Sinterklaas was listening.

  22. Tim

    Merry Christmas Ray and Family,
    Love the video, it looks like a lot of fun. Nice way to end this year. Hope next year is so much better for everyone.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

  23. Wendy

    That video was fantastically entertaining! I hope y’all have a wonderful holiday!

  24. andre

    That thumbnail came out very well.
    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and your family!

  25. Ronald Gurney

    Thanks for the video. Envy your wonderful life and family in the Netherlands. Have a happy, healthy Christmas and New Year.

  26. Sean

    Video was a nice changeup, beautiful place you live. I was supposed to be there for a few weeks right when Corona ripped its ugly face. I’m sort of surprised to see the same sort of mask flaunting there that we do in the US right now (the ‘ol dicknose look at the tree shop, and total ignorance elsewhere in shops) that we see on this side of the pond. Makes me feel a little less embarrassed at being American. Cheers to 2021 looking more like normal at some point – Happy Holidays!

  27. Marius Kessels

    It”s nice to see you enjoy the Dutch bikery! I never thought about any of it till I introduced my Spanish girlfriend to it who was completely amazed seeing guys on bikes holding a crate of beer with one hand on the ‘bagage carrier’ and the other hand in the pocket to stay warm.
    Have a good year!

  28. Shamir Dasgupta

    Never gets old, never get tired! Keep it up, my friends!

  29. Don de Leeuw

    Nice Christmas trip around Amsterdam. One of my brothers lives there. Planning on bying a Canyon with dura ace power meter. Keep up the good work!

  30. Frederik L

    No helmet… wouldnt go in DK

  31. Tom Conroy

    You are a super cool family.