Pine cones on a pine tree branch with a light dusting of snow.

Explore ‘Wisconsin Life’ holiday traditions

December 21, 2022 Ian Lewitz Leave a Comment

The holiday season is upon us and with that in mind, we wanted to revisit some of our favorite holiday themed Wisconsin Life television and radio stories from years past.

Explore the collection below and visit the Wisconsin Life website to watch or listen to more stories!

Growing Trees For Seasonal Holiday Is A Year-Round Job

Ken Ottman starts thinking about Christmas in July. That’s when he and his family tend to their Christmas tree farm in Door County. The holiday season is Ken’s favorite part of the job, “This is the fun part of the year. The growing of trees is nothing but hard work.”

Musician Lil Rev

Musician Lil Rev. Photo by Diane Poole.

Yiddish Music Traditions With Lil Rev

Music is a cornerstone of Jewish culture, especially during holidays and festivals. Musician Lil Rev grew up in a musical family in Milwaukee, steeped in his family’s Yiddish folk music tradition. He travels Wisconsin and the country sharing his love of music, history and his Yiddish heritage.

Woodworking Elves in La Crosse Brighten Holidays For Children In Need

Known as “the elves,” Scott Cooper and Kurt Grunwald of La Crosse construct wooden toys for children and hand them out during the holidays. The tradition began when, while volunteering at the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving food drive, handing out food to families in need, they noticed another need: a need for toys.

A "cannibal sandwich" consisting of raw beef, raw onion, salt and pepper on rye bread.

Cannibal sandwich. Photo by Mary Kate McCoy/WPR.

Cannibal Sandwiches: A Polarizing And Misunderstood Wisconsin Tradition

Cannibal sandwiches are a longtime Milwaukee tradition. Come Christmastime, Bunzel’s Meat Market in Milwaukee goes through over 1,000 pounds of raw beef and about 250 pounds of raw onions, exclusively for cannibal sandwiches.

A holiday themed Tom and Jerry milkglass set.

Tom and Jerry milkglass set. Photo by Jonnie Andersen (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Who Are Tom And Jerry, And Why Are They A Cocktail?

When the temperature drops and the snow piles up, people want a little more warmth in their cocktail. During the holiday season, folks in Wisconsin turn to a hot drink known as the Tom and Jerry to warm themselves up.

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