Happy Holidays

Carolers, Christmas, night

Each year the children on my block go Christmas caroling up and down the street. I make cookies and something hot for them to drink when they stop at our house. Last year’s hot chocolate wasn’t so great. This year I went with spiced cider, and it was a hit with the kids. (The parents already had their own drinks. Go figure.) It was the first time I can remember that we had a cold night for caroling.

It’s a joy to watch these kids grow, some of them now as tall as I am, others singing their first carols on our porch this year. The photo above was taken from our doorstep, as the carolers and their families relaxed with their cider before moving on to the next house.

Thanks to my good friend Andi Simpson for this photo of me, which she took at the Finnish Folk Art Museum, part of the Pasadena Museum of History. Why a Finnish Folk Art Museum in Pasadena? Here you go.

I say “Happy Holidays” because I mean it. I don’t know what holiday(s) you celebrate, but I believe fervently in your right to celebrate them. I look forward to more celebrations to come in the new year!

#Andrea Simpson#Christmas#Finnish Folk Art Museum#holidays#home#me#Pasadena Museum of History


  1. foundpoem1 - December 23, 2016 @ 01:04

    Good tidings of the season and all the best in 2017, Petrea.

    • Petrea - December 23, 2016 @ 07:00

      Thank you!

  2. chris - December 23, 2016 @ 03:56

    hmmm wonder what was in their drink? maybe next year they will bring u some!.
    (btw, your photo is sideways–remember this happened awhile back? :-))

    • Petrea - December 23, 2016 @ 07:01

      You’re right! Depending on which browser you use, the photo might appear sideways. It’s straight up in Chrome, sideways in Firefox and Safari. I’ll work on it. Thanks for the heads up.

    • Petrea - December 23, 2016 @ 10:43

      Okay, I think I’ve got it figured out. It’s never easy to tell. Thanks again for letting me know

  3. Lowell - December 23, 2016 @ 05:18

    And may all your holiday dreams come true! It’s been great to get to know you a bit through our blogging and I wish for you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a New Year filled with health and happiness!

    • Petrea - December 23, 2016 @ 07:02

      Thank you, Lowell. I wish the same for you as well. It’s wonderful to know you!

  4. William Kendall - December 23, 2016 @ 12:52

    Merry Christmas!

    • Petrea - December 23, 2016 @ 14:30

      Thanks, William. Merry Christmas to you as well!

  5. Katie - December 23, 2016 @ 20:15

    Great tradition to have the kids out caroling and stopping by houses for treats. What a cool neighborhood you live in! Happy holidays to you and John and Wilma!

    • Petrea - December 23, 2016 @ 21:52

      Thank you, Katie! Happy holidays to you as well!

  6. William Braquemard - December 24, 2016 @ 06:01

    Spiced cider sounds like an excellent idea. Happy holidays from the jolly old elf!

    • Petrea - December 24, 2016 @ 07:25

      Hello, William! Happy holidays to you, too, and a “jolly” new year.

  7. Irina - December 24, 2016 @ 12:53

    Happy holidays to you, Petrea! Let 2017 fulfill all your dreams and plans, let your family be happy and healthy. All the best!

    • Petrea - December 24, 2016 @ 16:15

      Thanks, Irina. I wish the same good things to you. All of it!

  8. Shell Sherree - December 25, 2016 @ 23:40

    It looks and sounds very bucolic, dear Petrea !! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and whatever is special to people – it’s all good to me.

    • Petrea - December 26, 2016 @ 10:00

      It’s all good to me as well. It doesn’t matter what we celebrate. What matters is being good to each other.

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