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Tamales are a South Texas Christmas Tradition
I live in South Texas (San Antonio), and here tamales are a Christmas tradition. I have always thought of them as Mexican. Although they are available year round in restaurants and grocery stores, I usually dined on them at Christmas. Tamales made easy...the ones I bought were from the grocery store. 🙂
Whereas my annual Christmas dinner included store bought tamales, it's a totally different situation for Hispanic families. For many Hispanic families, they gather together on Christmas Eve to make them. Over the years this gathering turned into a big social event called a tamalada. There's a great article from NPR called "Tamales For Texas Are a True Texas Tradition" which I urge you to read for great background information....