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Holiday Traditions

Is there a special dish you prepare for the holidays?  Something you do each year to mark the season?  Texas Public Radio wants to hear about the rituals and foods that make this time of year special for you and your family.  Tell us about your holiday traditions by emailing  Include recipes, a photo of yourself and a way we can reach you.  We’ll post your traditions on, and include some of you in our Holiday Traditions broadcasts.  

Public Radio Inspires Chef-like Holiday Feast

Dec 23, 2015

The holiday traditions that I have established are intimately associated with public radio.  

Around the 2002 time frame, I was listening to "The Splendid Table" with Lynn Rosetto Casper and she was interviewing David Rosengarten about cooking turkey. I had watched him on the Food Network at the beginning when I was stationed with the Air Force in Oklahoma. 

A Holiday Tradition Often Confused for a Cliché

Dec 23, 2015

My name is Susan Albert and a favorite Christmas tradition is Chinese food and a movie.

Growing up Jewish in New York, we did not celebrate Christmas and our family Hanukah celebration was enjoyable but fairly low-key. On Christmas, everything was closed and there wasn’t much for us to do.  

Most Christmases found us at the Chinese restaurant (one of the few dining options that remained open) and then we were off to the movie theater. There is a cliché that this is the way Jews celebrate Christmas. It’s not a cliché – it is a tradition! 

Jane Marie Young is executive director of Abode Home, a contemplative care and interfaith hospice organization. The organization's holiday traditions includes an interfaith luminaria lighting at the home.  

His Neighbors' Trash Became His Holiday Treasure

Dec 22, 2015

Bob MacNaughton proudly displays a wreath he salvaged from the trash when two friends were moving out of state in 2007. He's hung it on his door each holiday season since they moved.

One of those friends subsequently passed away making the wreath even more cherished.

My name is Avraham Scheinberg, and I’m assistant rabbi here in San Antonio at a congregation, Rodfei Sholom. Some interesting things that we do on Chanukah— obviously we do the regular: lighting the menorah; play dreidel; we have latkes; my wife makes amazing Sufganiyot, Chanukah donuts with jelly.