I took the Italian, because I like my dead animal cooked before I eat it. Sushi has never been my thing ... too slimey for my taste.
Aside : Did anyone see the Jackass, where one of the guys (idiot) mixed a little soy sauce with a pile of Wasabi, to make it more liquidy... then proceeded to snort it up his nose ? Took about 4 seconds til he puked everywhere.
Last year I got a portable DVD player from the law firm. I don't work there anymore so that sucks they always gave great gifts. This year I think our present is a Christmas party with a two drink maximum and taxi chips to get home. Boo.
I'll get eight hours of holiday pay. Oh and a wonderful holiday card, "Dear employee, happy holidays. Here's some helpful tips to make you a better salesman. Be sure to ask every customer if they'd like to put their purchase on *insert company name here* card today?" We don't even get a damn party.
In Holland it's very usually to get one of these christmas packages you described. You usually can't pick though, it will just be a surprise. On top of that you will usually also get a christmas bonus on your paycheck and usually companies pay out your salary on the 20th instead of the 25th, so it's in time for the christmas shopping.
Three months ago I moved to Denmark and I just had a christmas party with my company. We don't get one of those present packages you talked about though and I don't think we will get a bonus either. But maybe that's just because it's a small company.