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The holidays are filled with traditions and returning to these traditions year after year can be one of the most comforting and memorable parts of the season. We're excited to share some of our favorite holiday foods, traditions, and winter stories in a seasonal special airing on Wisconsin Public Radio on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! You'll have three chances to hear the Wisconsin Life Holiday Special: at 3PM on Christmas Eve (December 24) on the WPR News/Classical network; at 8AM on the Ideas Network on Christmas Day (December 25); and at 7PM on News/Classical on Christmas Day. 

To get you in the mood, here are a few seasonal stories: 

Every year, kids around the globe are excited to tell one of Santa's helpers what they want for Christmas. But once a year, a handful of children around Pewaukee are lucky enough to meet the real Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Ken Ottman was born into the Christmas tree business, helping his father plant, shear and sell trees. He says he doesn't know if it’s his life’s passion or a curse, but they’ll have to drag him off a Christmas tree lot by his heels. While his customers only see him in December, the real work takes place in the summer.

For many of us, the holidays aren't complete without a favorite food or drink. Writer Julie Buckles' grandfather was famous for the holiday cocktails he served, not necessarily because they were good but because of the memories that drinking them stirred.

We wish you and your family all the best no matter how or what you celebrate this season. We'll see you again in the New Year!

- Your Wisconsin Life team
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