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What's your family ritual? (Jan. 1)

DNTO turns over our timeslot to holiday programming on Dec. 25.

But on Jan. 1, we're ringing in the new year with a look at our family rituals, as we ask what your tradition is... and why it's important to you.

Continue reading to find out what's on the show...

To start, Chandra Mayor tells us about her family's unusual tradition... the "tablecloth of shame."

Part of the joy of family traditions is learning them, and passing them on to the next generation. Like Christina Lippa has with her family tradition - an unusual one involving a warm, glowing candle... a bit of prognostication... and hot, molten metal.

What exactly is "family ritual?" And why do we observe them? We'll find out from Bradd Shore of the Centre on Myth and Ritual in American Life.

A big family dinner is a standard tradition. But the preparation of dinner is not always so standard... Habiba Nosheen relates her most harrowing meal preparation.

Sisters Casey and Jenny Mecjia of Ohbijou come by to tell us about their family ritual... and why it makes them feel like kids again.

Diane Flacks describes a creepy crawly ritual she'd rather do without.

When did your holiday tradition not go quite according to plan? Sook-Yin takes her mic to the street to find out.

What do you do when you land in a new country, and your family has no ritual? Make it up, of course. Lisa Schwartzman will tell us about walking the cat, roasting potatoes and marshmallows, and more.

Traditions give us stories to tell... but sometimes, the stories are the tradition. Clare Lawlor looks into why we love to turn story into ritual.

Roz Zurko will tell us how an innocent childhood game of "hide the keys" got its not-so-innocent start.

Vancouver musician Geoff Berner has fond memories of the Christmas season growing up... even though he's Jewish. He'll come by to tell us about his family's holiday tradition, and we'll spin a new tune from his upcoming album, Victory Party.

The big, elaborate Thanksgiving dinner is a much-loved family tradition... or is it? Krista Burton tells us why she put the breaks on her family's Thanksgiving tradition... and how the family reacted.

And here's this week's playlist:

Sister Sledge - "We Are Family"
Florence and the Machine - "Rabbit Heart"
Dragon Fli Empire - "Mount Pleasant"
Sarah Slean - "Sweet Ones"
Ohbijou - "Black Ice"
Hawksley Workman - "Three Generations"
Wolf Parade - "Call It a Ritual"
Danny Michel - "Whale of a Tale"
Chic Gamine - "Comme un gateau"
Geoff Berner - "Wealthy Poet"
Rosemary Clooney - "Come On-A My House"

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