Here at Flow we’re really getting into the holiday spirit! We’ve all got very different cultural backgrounds, which makes for interesting chats here in the office.

Our designer Cari te Boekhorst has a Dutch background. Her family celebrates the feast of Saint Peter, and before bedtime the kids leave wooden shoes (clogs!) at the front door for “Sinterklaas” or Father Christmas. If you’ve been good, he leaves you candy. If you’ve been bad, you get a lump of coal!

Instead of stockings hung at the fireplace, Cari’s family trades chocolate letters representing their names. So every year Cari receives a chocolate “C”. While they tend to have a pork or lamb dinner rather than turkey, the te Boekhorsts also enjoy treats of marzipan, “peper nootjes” which are spiced cookies, “ontbijtkoek” which is a cake typically served for breakfast. And of course there’s always lots and lots of Gouda cheese!

Does this sound like your own family Christmas? Do you have any traditions of your own you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you! Be sure to follow our social media pages for all kinds of Christmas ideas and stories!

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