Holiday Traditions | KERA News

Holiday Traditions

Hayden Crawford

Every year a bakery in Corsicana churns out 1 million fruitcakes. Despite the bruised reputation of the traditional treat, the fruitcake still sells worldwide.

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Again this year North Texans have told us about the unique ways they celebrate the season. We heard about festive foods, family rituals and the joy that comes from giving.

There's something about an electric train at Christmas that brings out the kid in all of us. And as KERA's Courtney Collins explains, a couple in Rockwall decided it's never too late to play conductor.

Donald McClean says it doesn't matter how old you are, a steam engine pulling cars around the track is something to behold.

Don: "I like putting it up, I like looking at it and I like operating the train."

KERA's Courtney Collins takes us to a kitchen in Garland where Koni Ramo Kaiwi is trying to preserve one of her holiday traditions. Bunuelos have long been on the holiday menu in many Latino homes. Koni wants to make sure her grandchildren can recreate their magic for holidays to come.

Armed with rolling pins and a mission Koni Ramos Kaiwi hands each of her three grandchildren a kitchen tool and a ball of sweet, homemade dough.

She then instructs the children to roll the dough flat and thin, until it's about the size of a tortilla.


Once again, KERA is inviting you to tell us about all the things that bring meaning and fulfillment to your holiday season.

Do you fill your kitchen with irresistible aromas that draw family and friends to your table?  Perhaps you take part in spiritual services, read stories to your children or deck the halls with bright lights and a tree.

Click here to read dozens of traditions sent in by KERA listeners all over North Texas - or share your own!