Mexican culinary tradition dictates that Christmas is a time to make tamales. I have known many Mexican families in my life and from what I have been able to pick up over the years, it's a family affair. Women (aunts, daughters, sisters, friends) gather around the table and spend the day, maybe two, preparing tamales. At first, tamales can seem like a daunting task with its many steps and unfamiliar ingredients but when they are finished you will feel satisfied and accomplished. Each one is like a present that you literally open up and devour its contents. A previous post was written about tamales with an informative tutorial to help the novice cook. This year take the plunge and make your own batch of tamales. To me, Christmas is never complete without a few homemade tamales.