We asked our readers to share their favorite holiday traditions and what their plans are for this season. Here are featured answers to start your December with cheer:
Making tamales with the women in my family.
- Amy Downum
We always visit our families on Christmas Eve. We make homemade sugar cookies for Santa. We also wear matching family pajamas.
- Yolanda Mefford
We made it a tradition to go after Thanksgiving to get our fresh Christmas tree and we start to decorate it.
- Anamarie Grijalva
We always do a gift exchange with our family and homemade ornaments.
- Brittney Skinner
I look forward to preparing my 18 Christmas stocking stuffers for all my family.
- Diane Sanchez
Wrapping gifts, cooking with my dad.
- Joshua Padgett
Caroling in our downtown neighborhood!
- Jennifer Resolme
Every year, we have a party where we buy or make an ornament and tell why we picked it and then do a name pick to see who gets each other's ornament.
- Kathy Oros
We love to visit the lights at CALM, a tradition started when I first moved here to Bakersfield with my husband. This year will be different, but we are making plans to pack snacks and make cocoa for a drive into the lights.
- Heather Ward
Because our families have gotten so big, my four sisters and I have breakfast at Spencer’s or Old River Grill now on Christmas Eve. So good to spend time with the ones who grew up together and love you no matter what.
- Margaret Aguilera
Every year, my family hides a pickle ornament in the Christmas tree. Whoever finds the ornament first in the Christmas tree is the one who first opens their present on Christmas Eve.
- Marina Medrano
We like to take trimmings from the Christmas tree and make decorations around. It makes the house smell so good in every room.
- Charlinda Black
As a family, we always get hot cocoa and go look at the holiday lights. We also bake trays of goodies for our friends and family.
- Beth Hubbard
I make homemade ornaments with my daughter every year. Thank you, Pinterest!
- Vanessa De La Cruz