Spirit of Holiday Traditions featuring host Caroline Moore premiers

COOKEVILLE – “Spirit of Holiday Traditions” will premiere on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. on WCTE PBS, YouTube TV, WCTE PBS App and Facebook with Caroline Moore serving as the host. The show will include this year’s Merry and Bright Holiday Home Challenge Christmas Tour of Lights featuring the homes of Matt and Leslie Reep and Bob and Charlene Sealy. The show will also include spectacular holiday table décor from Dawson Davidson, Agriculture Advocate & Lifestyle Guru, and the history of Kwanzaa from Dr. Krystal D. F. Akehinmi, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Tennessee Tech.

The Merry and Bright Holiday Home Challenge Christmas Tour of Lights will showcase elaborate and awe-inspiring holiday lights and displays through Dec. 25. Davidson will feature a segment for those looking for holiday table decorating ideas, featuring cultural traditions to reflect the joy and magic of the holiday season without all the fuss. And Akehinmi with feature a segment about Kwanzaa, an annual celebration of African American culture that is observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.

“We’re thrilled to be offering a dazzling blend of holiday lights, inclusive content and innovative ideas to our viewers across central Tennessee this holiday season,” said Brent Clark, Director of Content & Digital Media. “I hope our locally produced content by Sr. Producer and Art Director, Craig Gray, will help bring the joy of the holiday season to all communities we serve.”

A free map that includes the addresses of participants in the fourth annual Merry and Bright Holiday Home Challenge is available at Cookeville City Hall. It may also be viewed and printed at Cookeville-tn.gov/ls. Be sure to sign up for PBS Passport and stream other local content and other beloved PBS programs at home or on the go. For more information about Passport, visit wcte.org/passport

WCTE Central TN PBS has served the Upper Cumberland 40+ years as the region’s premier storyteller and is the only television station in a 75-mile radius of Cookeville, making it a strategic partner in education, health services, government, arts and music. WCTE is a 501(c) 3 and is owned and operated by the Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council. WCTE Central TN PBS is one of only 350 PBS member stations nationwide.

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