MODESTO – So 2016 has arrived and you've packed on a few holiday pounds thanks to the cookies and the egg nog, an ample helping of ham and a few adult beverages to celebrate the end of the calendar year.
There's probably not a modern-day Christmas tradition that can match bundling up in warm clothes, jumping in the car, and burning up some fossil fuel to take in the spectacle of holiday lights that brighten what would otherwise be a dreary winter night sky.
While some of us are approaching that unwritten deadline of putting up our Christmas lights, others have been plotting their design for months.
The Christmas season brings many different traditions that we all love. Family traditions such as decorating the tree with strings of real popcorn and cranberry, preparing special cookies, jams or other goodies only made this time of year. Some of our traditions might even be a bit corny like the yearly ugly sweater family photo taken by the fireplace. Even if they are corny traditions, if we didn't do them every Christmas we would sure miss it.
A drive through the small community of Ripon in search of Christmas lights can take as long as two hours for a thorough appreciation of what the town has to offer from the south at Doak Boulevard to the northwest and the northeast that encompasses Spring Creek Country Club homes.
Jim Galindo has a Christmas-decorated front yard worth seeing.
A work injury opened a new door for George Toscano.
Authenticity is key to ethnic food stores and Turlock is home to a European grocery gem.
There was a time when Indian spices were traded among colonies like a currency.
My mom absolutely loved Super King Food Center in Stockton.
Spending a day feeding the ducks and geese that inhabit area parks and the Stanislaus State campus is a popular pastime, but serious birders should head to the Merced National Wildlife Refuge which is host to the largest wintering populations of Lesser Sandhill cranes and Ross's Geese along the Pacific Flyway.
Think of Yosemite National Park and you have visions of green trees against granite backdrops.
New England is famous for a lot of things – clam chowder and maple syrup and lobsters and lighthouses.
With over 1,000 miles of waterway, the Delta has plenty to offer even during the fall months.
People travel from around the world to visit San Francisco and its famous landmarks and attractions.
MODESTO – What's better than piling the family into the car, turning up the heater, and driving around to see which houses have gone all-out ...
As one of the city's most beloved traditions, Turlock's Christmas Tree Lane has served as a perfect way to kick off the holiday ...
Toss aside the Wii. Forget Space Mountain. This is the real deal, well except for the snow. It's manmade.
LATHROP – There are those who hang Christmas lights because they enjoy the festive atmosphere that it brings to the neighborhood.
Stockton may not have an official Christmas Tree Lane, but there are plenty of places around town to see some spectacular light shows.
SONORA - Sonora in the heart of the Gold Country with its historic main street and its colorful mom and pop stores along with many bed ...
SAN FRANCISCO – There are some people who will wait days just to get their hands on one electronic item that's available for blowout prices.
It's always Christmas at this one shop in historic Old Sacramento.
YOSEMITE VALLEY - November is a magical month in Yosemite Valley.
Don't let the unusually comfortable temperatures fool you.
Many Bay Area folks head for the Sierra foothills in search of a picnic area to spend a one day trip to find the perfect ...
LODI – From the outside, Jeremy Wine Company in the historic downtown looks quite unassuming.
Although recent summer-like temperatures may not always show it, fall is officially here and the best place to enjoy it is at Stanislaus State in ...
Forget everything you know about traditional pies this holiday season because Hilmar Cheese Company is switching up those very traditions with its very own unique ...
When people think Thanksgiving they always think about turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce and corn and mashed potatoes and all of the other fixings ...