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.
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.
December 18, 2015|
By MONICA CANE 209 correspondent
|LIVING IN 209
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.
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.
November 06, 2015|
BY NATALIE WINTERS 209 staff reporter
|LIVING IN 209