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Family Traditions For The Holidays And Beyond

Rob Friesel

From serving stuffed celery sticks with cream cheese on the Thanksgiving table to participating in the Pilgrim Run every year or bringing kilts, scotch and good cheer to houses on New Year's Eve, family rituals take many different forms.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, guest host Brian Ellison talks with traditions expert Meg Cox about the ins and outs of those customs we repeat year after year. They explore what traditions represent and how to incorporate technology into new rituals. Plus, listeners and KCUR staff members share their family culture.


  • Meg Cox, journalist and author of The Book of New Family Traditions
  • Clara Keller
  • Christy Marletti
  • Jancyn Appel
  • Bill Anderson, program director at KCUR
  • David Fulk, KCUR's director of philanthropic giving
  • Gina Kaufmann, host of Central Standard
  • Alyson Raletz, social media producer for KCUR

Check out one family's tradition right here:

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As a host and contributor at KCUR, I seek to create a more informed citizenry and richer community. I want to enlighten and inspire our audience by delivering the information they need with accuracy and urgency, clarifying what’s complicated and teasing out the complexities of what seems simple. I work to craft conversations that reveal realities in our midst and model civil discourse in a divided world. Follow me on Twitter @ptsbrian or email me at brian@kcur.org.