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.

Check Out Dazzling Light Displays

There’s something about holiday lights that makes this the most wonderful time of the year. Bundle up, head out with your thermos of hot chocolate and take a starlit walk around the neighborhood to gawk at the lights together. Vote on your family's favorite house and make time to check it out each year. Or find a light show with our guide to dazzling displays around town.

Photo: Petco Park Kristi T. via Yelp

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

— Cherie Gough