Oh yes, I love tamales.  I love all kinds of tamales.  There is no better time to enjoy them than during the Fiestas Decembrinas (December holidays).  This is a really quick post with a really quick video about our families that get together to catch up on each others’ lives over the building of a mountain of tamales.  You can’t just eat one tamal, even when you try.Tamal Isaac
Even my baby nephew got in on the action except… his was more of a sculpture session. Because we are increasingly mobile and my family is spread out, we gather once a year and tamales are usually part of the celebration. This Christmas Eve 2015, we made tamales of chicken in red chile sauce and poblano pepper strips (rajas) with cheese. We also made Chopes which are sweet small tamales using the same masa (corn meal mix) but with fruit and nuts added. They are delicious! I should have thought ahead and videotaped a step-by-step but… too late; we were caught up in our creations. This was us during the process. Merry Christmas everyone (although I also pulled out my aluminum pole for Festivus, the delicate family balance…. hmmm…)!!

Downtown Laredo craziness

Who said downtown was dead? Car traffic and people traffic made the streets of downtown Laredo too crowded to enjoy. Too crazy for me.

Downtown Laredo, Texas on December 23, 2010

Those downtown decorations are a little nightmarish…

Life-size Santa scared me but didn't scare the kids

Not as nightmarish as this one that came to life!

Didn't know if he was going to ask for a handout or ask me to sing karaoke with him

Everyone seems to want to get into the action, La Chueca is actually a Paletera on Zapata Highway but for some reason they were parked in downtown streets selling remote-controlled cars, hmmm… something really does sound medio chueco (a bit crooked)…

What if I just wanted to buy a paleta for Christmas??

A little further north of downtown, we do find some creative businesses getting into the spirit with their “trees”. One made of sodas:

Sprite cases tree in front of the Stripes on San Bernardo near downtown

… and tires (nice recycling!):

Vulcanizadora on Santa Maria close to downtown, tree made of used tires

Enjoy a crazy Christmas in Laredo or wherever you may be reading this little blog!! Felices Fiestas!