tvOur friends atWUSFin Tampa have been collecting holiday stories and traditions from around the state for a series they call "Florida Holidays."The following was originally posted byWUSFreporterDalia Colón.
Confession: Publix holiday commercials turn me to mush.
Maybe it's the music. Maybe it's because I'm already in the holiday spirit. Or maybe it's just good marketing.
For the last 14 years, WXPN host and producer Robert Drake has programmed and hosted a 24-hour holiday-music marathon called The Night Before, aired from midnight to midnight on Dec. 24. We decided this year to put more jingle in the jangle and create Jingle Jams on XPN2, a 24/7 stream of holiday music.
Today is Nochebuena, 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.”
Frias told a version of this story at a Lip Service event: