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Florida doesn’t do anything by the book -- that includes celebrating the holidays. So this season, WUSF is extolling all the ways to enjoy the holidays with a Florida twist... and we want your input.Tell us about your Florida holiday tradition. Does your family take part in a lighted boat parade, lace up for a jingle bell run or spend New Year’s Eve making sand sculptures?Then there are the decorations. Show us your seashell ornaments, palm trees wrapped in lights and flamingoes in Santa hats.We want your recipes, too. Do you dress your gingerbread men in Bermuda shorts or dip your latkes in Key lime jelly?And how to do show out-of-town guests a good time in the warm weather? Do you take them caroling down the beach or spend all eight nights of Hanukkah at Disney?Get creative. Share your photos, videos, recipes, tweets, memories, short essays and anything else that would make us say, “That’s so Florida!”Your submission might end up on wusfnews.org/floridaholidays... or even on the radio.Here are some ways to join the fun:Post a photo or short story on our wall at Facebook.com/WUSF.Send a tweet to @WUSF with the hashtag #floridaholidays.Leave a phone message for WUSF reporter/producer Dalia Colón at (813) 974-8636.Email Dalia at daliacolon@wusf.org.We’ll collect your submissions through Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. Check this blog daily for new content, and listen WUSF 89.7 through the end of the year to hear how your fellow Floridians celebrate the season.

Florida Holidays: Santa on the Beach

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Wade Mullins

When listener Wade Mullins sent us this photo for our Florida Holidays project, we couldn't resist soliciting captions. The following are suggestions from the elves on the WUSF Facebook page.

Wendell Steiner of St. Petersburg: "Things have really changed here at the North Pole... Al Gore was right!"

Donna Perino Scott: “Ahh, my last stop—Florida. I think I'll retire here!”

Leslie Montes of Tampa: “After a busy day on his feet supervising the elves, Rudolf said ‘Come on, Santa. Let's work on your coloring. You are looking a little pale.’ So on Dancer, on Prancer, Comet and Vixen, let's take Santa to Florida for a break from Christmas's fixins'.”

Joan Lambert: “Sorry, folks, this is as far as I go.”

Katherine Moser Kelly: “Rudolph better get here before the sun goes down with the beer!”

WUSF reporter/producer Mark Schreiner: “I probably should get started with my Christmas shopping. One more cold one first.”

Constance Virostek: “Ahaaa…”

Carrie Caignet of Gulfport: "The end of the Mayan calendar... Drop ONE Oreo in Mexico and everyone FREAKS OUT!”

Ian Foster of Moscow, Russia (!): “Ahhhhh… Boots in cooler. Just another few hours and I'll put them on and get back to my sleigh!”

Dorothy V. Rinaldi of Tampa: “Hmmm… Wonder if this cooler will fit in the sleigh?”

Liz Snyder of St. Petersburg: “One more sunbathing till my vacation in Florida is over.”

Jon Boliek of Sarasota: “Poooped…”