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.

Bake Some Cookies

Butter, sugar and vanilla. Nothing rings in the holidays and turns on the smiles better than a platter of freshly-baked cookies. Whether you’re planning an afternoon of family time in the kitchen or making merry with a cookie exchange with friends, we’ve got you covered with plenty of sweet recipes for the season. So pull out the butter, and get baking!

Photo: Leah Singer

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

— Cherie Gough