What's on DNTO: Dec. 26 (Family Rituals)

Every family has its traditions... even if they're not that traditional...

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

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.

Sook-Yin takes to the street to find out what your holiday ritual is.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Author Gail Bowen celebrates a very literary tradition every year with her friends. She'll tell us why Chekov, vodka, and good company make for so much fun.

How do you know it's time for a tradition to end? Mike O'Brien will tell us his story.

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

And here's this week's playlist:

Sister Sledge - "We Are Family"
Colleen and Paul - "A Home In the Top Boughs"
Dragon Fli Empire - "Mount Pleasant"
Cinderpop - "Cinnamon Winter"
Ohbijou - "Last Christmas" (live in studio)
Hawksley Workman - "Three Generations"
Rose Cousins - "Christmas On the Town"
Danny Michel - "Whale of a Tale"
Digging Roots - "Blue, Blue Christmas" (live in studio)
Hidden Cameras - "Miracle" (live in studio)
Jenn Grant and Kinley Dowling - "Carol of the Bells" (live in studio)


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