Open Thread: May Your Nochebuena Be Filled With Tamales, the Perfect Christmas Food

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It’s finally Christmas Eve, which is my favorite time of year because it means there will be so many tamales in my family’s kitchen! Tamales are the prefect way to celebrate the holidays for so many reasons. Let me count the ways.

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Reasons Tamales Are Amazing:

  1. You can support a small business, that abuela down the street!
  2. You can make them with your family and bond over family gossip!
  3. They can accommodate a variety of eating needs (i.e. don’t alienate vegetarians)
  4. They remind me of home :)
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I will also be eating green chile stew and cheese and onion enchiladas and maybe pork tacos, if someone remembered to buy pork. I hope your holiday meals are filled with things that make you happy and full and taste good! I’m feeling very earnest tonight on Nochebuena. How are you spending this glorious night?

Even if you aren’t Mexican, I hope you get tamales. Just remember to take off the corn husks ;)

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Sorry to be depressing but I’ll be glad when Christmas is over. I’m feeling so lonely and forgotten. Nobody has sent me a card for Christmas even though I bought a cheap pack and sent them out and nobody has sent me a present. I’m sat by myself on Christmas Eve crying and will be waking up alone on Christmas Day. I’m volunteering at the homeless shelter tomorrow and that will be nice but then will be coming home to a empty house. I’m not sure how life has come to this. I’m so fed up with struggling and seeing everyone happy and running around at Christmas, it’s not that I don’t wish people happiness it’s just I wish I was part of it all. Christmas lunch when I get home is going to be a ready meal in the microwave, I miss being happy at Christmas. I used to love having a tree and having the lights on and cooking Christmas dinner and having family at Christmas and now every one is off doing other things and I feel like I’m an afterthought. So I’m sat here crying and feeling very alone and unloved. I’m sorry for the rant but I have no where else to put how I’m feeling.