Yuletide memories of years past include heart and soul reflections of family life under living room Christmas trees, church time together and the special gifts of long ago.
In the mad, mad world of retail, the Christmas season starts right after back-to-school sales.
While hanging lights during the holiday season is an annual tradition for many families, it is often met with mixed feelings: Children love seeing the various lights while parents often find the task a dreaded duty.
Every year since 1961, Henry and Vaughn streets in Ceres have been transformed into a holiday wonderland. This year, Christmas Tree Lane was celebrated with a little something extra - snow.
The Brock family Christmas Lights which literally dominated the scene for weeks during this time of the year is gone for good. But there are still some in the Family City that's worth a gallon of gas to see and admire with the kids tow, or just for your own personal windshield viewing.
STOCKTON – Some of the most beautifully decorated places on this side of the 209 along this stretch near West Hammer Lane.
LATHROP – The colors erupt from the black LED board.
Is there a Santa Claus?
LATHROP – When the Lathrop City Council got together for their second meeting in November two weeks ago, they freed up their December schedule.
The Christmas spirit is contagious and can be found to be particularly catching in small towns where holiday events bring together community members, such as Turlock's Downtown Christmas Parade.
The hyacinth along the Deep Water Channel has been cleared in preparation for the 33rd annual Stockton Delta Reflection Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The holiday season provides ample opportunities for families to take part in local festivities, and this year parents won't miss a detail by bringing their children to Modesto the first Saturday in December for the city's annual day filled with activities.
Pat Langdon isn't much of a video game connoisseur, but he did raise two teenagers at the height of the industry's explosion.
Shopping on Black Friday is not for the faint of heart.
There's no such thing as a holiday when you're in the news business.
Just before Y2K, and even during the early years of the new millennium, Stockton and Modesto were the nearest places to go for a Japanese sushi or sashimi experience if you happened to live in the South San Joaquin County area.
When it comes to sushi, everybody has their favorite place and go-to dish.
Restaurants come and go in the downtown Modesto scene, but Raw Sushi Bistro seems to be making an impression on locals since its establishment on I Street just eight months ago.
Upon entering Sushi Garden II in Turlock, customers are immediately greeted with the smiling faces of diners past. A wall covered in pictures of locals who have enjoyed the cuisine at Sushi Garden II are framed near the entrance, a testament to the good service and quality food that keeps customers coming back.
The first thing that grabs you is the décor.
RIPON – What do you think of when you picture a garden?
Gardening is a popular hobby in the Central Valley where the ideal California climate is conducive to growing. The Greenery Nursery and Garden Shop in Turlock is largely responsible for cultivating many locals' "green thumbs."
MODESTO – For more than 30 years Westurf Nursery has been a mainstay in the Modesto gardening landscape, and with 10 acres of trees, shrubs, roses and more, it's hard to miss.
When was the last time a nursery was called "Super Awesome?"
ISLETON – People get territorial when you talk about steak.
Locals looking to satisfy their cravings for a quality steak dinner won't need to look far as The Fruit Yard Restaurant & Country Market is well versed in providing not only quality beef but quality service.
DELHI – A porterhouse or a rib eye. Sautéed or broiled over an open fire. With French fries or a baked potato. The Elegant Bull in Delhi offers its customers the ultimate dining experience when it comes to steak.
OAKDALE – Nestled deep in the Cowboy Capital of the World, House of Beef ropes in its guests near and far with a tantalizing steak selection.
Nobody does steak better than the El Rancho Inn in Stockton.
Manteca marked the home stretch for Cesar Chavez.