Around the country, fantastic holiday displays and attractions (think millions of twinkling lights) are being put up earlier and earlier, in some cases before Thanksgiving. For a few hours you can forget the baking, the shopping and the wrapping and just enjoy the holidays and each other.  

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You might even start a family tradition — or continue one from when you were a child — at lots of places beyond the local mall. (My kids always bawled when I tried to get that picture with Santa, anyway.)

Here are 5 ideas to get you started: