My Favorite Holiday Traditions

My Favorite Holiday Traditions

December 15, 2018 2 By Juliet Elizabeth Petersen

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What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? 

I love asking people that question because I get so many different responses. Some families like to go caroling. Others will open one present on Christmas Eve. While others travel around the world or spend the day reading in bed. 

If you don’t have any traditions, what kind of holiday traditions would you like to have?

Christmas Lights

My favorite holiday traditions all occur in December. When the month begins, we start off the season by decorating our house with Christmas lights. It takes hours but looks awesome when finished!

My favorite part is climbing on the roof and hanging the lights on the nails up there. (Not sure why, I just think it’s  so cool being up there lol).

My mom sets up all of her little Christmas nick knacks in every room while listening to Amy Grant and Celtic Woman. Then we work on setting up our Christmas tree.

Which isn’t easy.

To put this in context, our Christmas tree is huge. It’s probably 12 feet? Maybe? I don’t know, but big. But it’s divided into three base segments and then you have to hang up each individual branch. It looks amazing when finished, but it’s such a PAIN to set up.


Anyways, after that’s done then we’ll usually just sit back and relax for awhile lol! 

Holiday Caramel Popcorn

I think my mom probably has one of the best Caramel popcorn recipes. I don’t know what exactly she does, but it has a yummy crunch and delicious sweetness that always makes my toes curl with delight.

Every year, we’ll make caramel popcorn and drop it off to our neighbors. I remember getting on my roller blades and riding in the back of her car with the door open. (Which always made me feel so cool :P) Then I’d hop out and go door to door with our gift. 

And of course, we’d have plenty of left overs to enjoy afterwards!

My Top Favorite Holiday Tradition

The best and last of all my favorite holiday traditions happens on Christmas Eve. Each year we go caroling around the neighborhood. But the Petersen family doesn’t just go caroling 😉 We get all dressed up in matching beanies and scarfs and go kazooing.


Beforehand, we’ll have all the younger kids dress up for the nativity, sing songs, and share talents. Then we’ll dress warm (even though we live in Arizona), Mom and Dad get on the golf cart, the kiddos race up to the door, and we’ll buzz out the song “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”

My family’s weird. But I love em!

After that we’ll sit down to some hot cocoa and donuts.

hot cocoa
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Then the grand kids open up one Christmas gift (Pajamas) and then everyone goes home.

Christmas day, after presents, everyone comes over to make a huge Christmas breakfast. (I’m talking pulling out all the stops. Bacon, Eggs, Hashbrowns, Pancakes, Sausage, Coffee Cake… We go all out).

We open a Danish popper, give thanks, and dig in. 

December Will Always Be My Favorite Time of Year

It’s a lot, but I love our traditions.

I think the reason why I love Christmas more than Thanksgiving is because it’s the spirit of giving. It’s important to give thanks, which I definitely try to do, but there’s just something special about Christmas time. 

I love giving gifts and expressing love to the people I care about. There’s nothing quite like going door to door and seeing people’s eyes light up when you hand them something you’ve made. There’s a more cheerful feeling in the air as people are more focused on Christ.

Anyways, I hope you have a wonderful weekend! And seriously, what are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

Thanks again for reading and have a Happy Saturday!

Photo Credit: Johannes Plenio