Whenever asked about her secret to longevity, the answer is not one that’s generally expected.

Holiday traditions take shape in many forms, and this week on Florida Matters, we take a look at some of our WUSF staff's favorite family holiday traditions.  

“So this is what my childhood tastes like.”

Nora and Ariel
Dalia Colón

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. But how about the reindeer with pretzel antlers and a red M&M for its nose? This season, WUSF reporters are sharing their holiday food traditions. Today, Dalia Colón introduces us to her family and their custom of baking reindeer cookies.

Tropicana Field will be transformed into a winter wonderland for more than a month leading up to Christmas.

Daylina Miller/WUSF News

Now that the holidays have passed, many Tampa Bay residents may be wondering what to do with their Christmas trees.


Americans are more likely to connect to the secular side Christmas, and not the sacred observance of the birth of Jesus Christ, an annual survey shows.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

Volunteers laid wreaths on the graves of hundreds of thousands of veterans on Saturday as part of a national event known as Wreaths Across America.

You know the Christmas routine: Decorate the tree, wrap gifts and leave out treats for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Marketers and Hollywood reinforce that cookie tradition for us year after year.

For the second year running, The Florida prayer network is installing a nativity scene in the state Capitol Rotunda.  And for the second year running there are plenty of people who are unhappy about it.

In the Capitol Monday, the Florida Prayer Network unveiled its nativity scene with something of an impromptu chapel service.  There were speeches, prayers, biblical readings and, of course, children from Tallahassee’s own Bethel Christian Academy singing Christmas carols. 

But not everyone’s happy.

“If they remove that, we would remove ours,” John Porgal says. 

Tampa Police Department

A burglar may have played the Grinch to a Tampa family before police officers and dispatchers took on the role of surrogate Santas - but the family's dog is still missing.