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.

Do Some Holiday Shopping

Tired of shopping at big box stores? Looking for gifts with a homemade touch but without the hours of crafting you just can’t pull off? Etsy provides an easy online shopping experience with a handcrafted and often personalized gift to match any personality. Use our guide and support local San Diego Etsy artisans to shop for adults and kiddos on your list.

If you'd rather get off the couch and hit the shops, our local toy store guide will help you find something special for the littles in your life.

Photo: Around the Hook

  • Holiday Storytimes and Reading Fun

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

— Cherie Gough