Christmas http://blog.wlrn.org en Our Shopping Obsession Causes Teenagers' Materialism http://blog.wlrn.org/post/our-shopping-obsession-causes-teenagers-materialism <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As long as I can remember, and even before I was born, the angst of the stereotypical </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">teenager -- the James Dean-like rebels without a cause</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the "Breakfast Club" members</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the mischievous, too-cool-for-rules Zack Morris from "Saved by the Bell"</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">– has been king.</span></p><p>And with good reason.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:01:25 +0000 Neyda Borges 24283 at http://blog.wlrn.org Our Shopping Obsession Causes Teenagers' Materialism This Is The Christmas Treat That Really Says "Miami" To Me http://blog.wlrn.org/post/christmas-treat-really-says-miami-me <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite Miami's widespread </span>Nochebuena<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> culture, I always felt like my Peruvian-immigrant family's Christmas celebrations were different from other "Americans."</span></p><p>During our early years here in the early 2000s, my mom was the caretaker for an elderly, wealthy couple. Se<span style="font-weight: bold; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">ñ</span>ora Lilian was from Cuba, and her husband, Mr. Hollenbeck, was from the U.S. They were sweet.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:01:12 +0000 Maria Murriel 25598 at http://blog.wlrn.org This Is The Christmas Treat That Really Says "Miami" To Me PHOTOS: This Is How South Florida Babies React To Snow http://blog.wlrn.org/post/photos-how-south-florida-babies-react-snow <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I got an email from my daughter’s preschool, titled "Snow Day!" I was confused. In the Northeast, where I grew up, snow days mean the school is closed. Do South Florida schools use fake snow days as an excuse to close? The message was even more confusing:</span></p><blockquote><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Eight tons of SNOW will be delivered to our preschool straight from the North Pole! The cost of bringing in the snow&nbsp;is $1,500.00 so for this special activity the cost per child is only $15.00.</em></p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:57:44 +0000 Elaine Chen 25500 at http://blog.wlrn.org PHOTOS: This Is How South Florida Babies React To Snow Florida Capitol's Festivus Pole Gets International Attention http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-capitols-festivus-pole-gets-international-attention <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A 6-foot pole made of </span>Pabst<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Blue Ribbon beer cans is making news around the world as it stands in Florida’s Capitol building.</span></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 23:48:01 +0000 Gina Jordan 25041 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Capitol's Festivus Pole Gets International Attention Florida Holidays: Publix Commercials Make Us Cry http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-holidays-publix-commercials-make-us-cry <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">tvOur friends at</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px currentColor; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline;">WUSF</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22px; font-family: G Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:30:00 +0000 Dalia Colon 6858 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Holidays: Publix Commercials Make Us Cry A Lull Until New Year's? Not So These Days http://blog.wlrn.org/post/lull-until-new-years-not-so-these-days Time was, the stretch following Christmas Day until New Year's Day was a quiet, sleepy spot on the American calendar. The six-day span hung like a lazy hammock between the holidays.<p>Not anymore.<p>Nowadays, the WAC — Week After Christmas — is busy and abuzzing. All around the country, Americans continue to celebrate — Kwanzaa, the Christmas afterglow and the coming New Year.<p>It's a mashup week that morphs from cozy fires to fireworks, from prayer books to party hats, from holly berries to hangovers. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:17:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 6855 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Lull Until New Year's? Not So These Days Jingle Jams: Curated Holiday Playlist http://blog.wlrn.org/post/jingle-jams-curated-holiday-playlist <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-right: 169px; margin-bottom: 1.3em; margin-left: 169.61666870117188px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 1.6rem; font: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">LISTEN TO THE <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/12/16/166407339/the-mix-xpns-jingle-jams">STREAMING JINGLE JAMS MIX HERE</a></p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 19:36:23 +0000 Bruce Warren 6791 at http://blog.wlrn.org Jingle Jams: Curated Holiday Playlist Christmas Eve In Miami: Never Look A Pig In The Eye Before Roasting It http://blog.wlrn.org/post/christmas-eve-miami-never-look-pig-eye-roasting-it <p></p><p></p><p>Today is <em>Nochebuena</em>, Christmas Eve, and for many Hispanics, that means roasting a whole pig. This Christmas tradition scared journalist and author Carlos Frias as a boy. But he got through it with one piece of advice: “Never look a pig in the eye.”</p><p>Frias told a version of this story at a Lip Service event:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6gx2Kddd5I&amp;feature=youtu.be</p><p></p><p>Every December 23, Papi would get that murderous gleam in his eye and say, "Let's go pick out <em>el lechón</em>!"</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 11:35:00 +0000 Carlos Frias 6626 at http://blog.wlrn.org Christmas Eve In Miami: Never Look A Pig In The Eye Before Roasting It It's Crazy Out There! http://blog.wlrn.org/post/its-crazy-out-there <p></p><p>South Florida shoppers wiped the turkey gravy off their lips and got in line to shop last night as Black Friday morphed backward into Thursday to kick off an ever-earlier Christmas shopping season.</p><p>Lines for the early deals began forming before sundown on Thanksgiving and the scenes at the big boxes and malls grew more hectic and even chaotic overnight.</p><p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 13:22:52 +0000 Rick Stone 5196 at http://blog.wlrn.org It's Crazy Out There!