Whether you grew up reading The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve, making cookies at grandma’s house, or fighting the crowds on Black Friday, you probably have cherished memories of holiday family time that you’ll never forget. But who says you can’t create some new good times that express what you love most about the season? Whether you’re a country girl who loves a hayride or a shopper who can’t get enough, click through the slideshow for ideas to help you express your holiday style.

Hit the Ice

Do your kids daydream of snow this time of year?  Bundle up in scarves and mittens and try ice skating.  Make this outing a way to give back by skating by the sea in lovely Coronado where part of the proceeds go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Or head to Fantasy on Ice at Liberty Station with all the money benefitting Rady Children's Hospital. You may end up feeling sore, but never disappointed.

Photo: Kroc Center

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What are your family holiday traditions? Will you make new ones this year?

— Cherie Gough