Your Show Hosts’ Favorite Christmas Traditions

Christmas is a time for family, and every family has different traditions for the holiday season. These are the things that you remember from your childhood, or that your children and grandchildren will remember as they grow older. Some have been handed down for generations through cultural backgrounds, and some are ones that were made up just for your family. They all result in precious (or delicious, funny, or sentimental) memories of time spent together celebrating the birth of the Lord.

When asked about their favorite holiday tradition, many of our show hosts spoke about Christmas. Here are their responses:

“My mother would always bake a birthday to celebrate the birth of Christ.” – Drew Mariani, host of The Drew Mariani ShowTM


“The Christmas Eve Polish tradition of breaking/sharing the oplatek (thin wafer bread with the Nativity scene imprinted on it) with family.” – John Harper, host of Morning Air®”

“Baking cookies, playing games and sitting next to fire pit next to our lake.” – Wendy Wiese, Network News Director

“Carols before the Night Mass at Christmas.” – Fr. Richard Simon, host of Father Simon SaysTM

“Every Christmas, I watch one or more of the many movie versions of Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol.” – Fr. Dave Heney, host of Family Rosary Across America

“We have a special, traditional Lithuanian Christmas Eve dinner called ‘Kūčios’ (pronounced like ‘Koo-chas’), with special dishes and a ritual to the meal that’s beautiful. And an Irish tradition in our home is my New Year’s Day dinner.” – Sheila Liaugminas, host of A Closer LookTM

On Christmas mornings, when my sons were kids, pranking them with gag gifts (like a bag of potatoes) wrapped in the package of a very expensive, nonexistent gift (like an X-Box game system). Good times.” – Patrick Madrid, host of The Patrick Madrid Show 

“I spend Christmas with my daughter and her family, who live nearby.” – Paul Sadek, host of DaybreakTM

“Praying in the New Year.” – Msgr. Stuart Swetland, host of Go Ask Your FatherTM

 The show hosts, along with all Relevant Radio associates, pray you have safe travels and joyful celebrations this Christmas!

Lindsey is a wife, mother, and contributing author at Relevant Radio. She holds a degree in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lindsey enjoys writing, baking, and liturgical living with her young family.