Christmas Time In Texas

Christmas Food
A regular appearance on Christmas Eve in Texas is a plate of tamales. This dish is enjoyed year-round but makes for a delicious addition to a Christmas feast. The tradition of tamales is believed to have first originated from ancient Mesoamerican civilizations and was picked up by Europeans. As Mesoamerica became more Christianized, the tradition developed further into the celebration of Christmas, according to Texas Monthly. Being that Texas was originally a part of Mexico, the state has naturally developed a beautiful mesh of Tex-Mex traditions.
Green beans, cornbread, dressing, sweet and mashed potatoes, roast or even fried turkey, cranberry sauce and rolls are additional staples of a Texan Christmas dinner. Barbecue is another favorite entrée present year-round, but especially on Christmas Day. The big meal is often followed up with a pumpkin pie or pecan pie for dessert.
Christmas Decorations
Texan pride runs deep and is often reflected in the Christmas decorations. Trees are often bigger and adorned with Texas-themed ornaments such as carvings of the state, the Texas flag, cowboy boots, and favorite Texas sports teams.
Christmas lights are also bigger in Texas, with some neighborhoods offering thousands of dollars for the best or biggest decorated home along with TV shows such as The Great Christmas Light Fight.
You’ll often find Santa wearing a cowboy hat instead of a stocking cap and boots with spurs instead of thick tread being pulled by longhorns instead of reindeer. Wreaths may be made of barbed wire and your stocking hung up with care may be a cowboy boot.
Luminaries are another popular tradition folks may see this time a year, which Texas adopted from its Spanish roots.
Christmas Attire
Texans will typically have two kinds of boots, one for work and then a fancy pair only worn for special occasions, and Christmas definitely makes the list for special occasions. Paired with the boots will usually be a dark-colored felt cowboy hat, shiny belt buckles, and bolos — (leather straps worn around the neck under a collar with decorative metal tips secured by an ornamental clasp or slide).
Texas-sized Celebrations
Everything is said to be bigger and better in Texas and that includes Christmas festivities across the state. Below we have listed a few of the events around Texas that folks have been preparing for all year.
. Electric Light Parade-Amarillo, Texas
. Christmas Lights at the Amarillo
Botanical Gardens -Amarillo, Texas
  • Concho Christmas Celebration – San Angelo, TX
  • Trail of Lights – Austin, TX
  • Zoo Lights – Houston, TX
  • Hidalgo Festival of Lights – Hidalgo, TX
  • Christmas in the Gardens – Amarillo, TX
  • Wonderland of Lights – Marshall, TX
  • El Paso WinterFest – El Paso, TX
  • Santa’s Wonderland – College Station, TX
  • Dickens On The Strand – Galveston, TX
  • The Polar Express Train Ride – Palestine, TX
  • 13th Annual Christmas Tree Forest exhibit and competition – Corpus Christi, TX
  • Eisbahn Outdoor Ice Skating and Trade Days Holiday Encore – Fredericksburg, TX
  • Lights of West Christmas Light Park – West, TX
  • Tomball German Fest Christmas Market – Tomball, TX
  • Christmas Gruene Market Days & Christkindlmarkt – New Braunfels, TX
  • The Christmas Capital of Texas – Grapevine, TX


Thanksgiving-Its Meaning and All There is to Know


  Thanksgiving is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.  It is sometimes called American Thanksgiving (outside the United States) to distinguish it from the Canadian holiday of the same name and related celebrations in other regions. It originated as a day of thanksgiving and harvest festival, with the theme of the holiday revolving around giving thanks and the centerpiece of Thanksgiving celebrations remaining a Thanksgiving dinner. The dinner traditionally consists of foods and dishes indigenous to the Americas, namely turkeypotatoes (usually mashed or sweet), squashcorn (maize), green beanscranberries (typically in sauce form), and pumpkin pie. Other Thanksgiving customs include charitable organizations offering Thanksgiving dinner for the poor, attending religious services, and watching television events such as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and NFL football games. Thanksgiving is regarded as the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season, with the day following it, Black Friday, being the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States.



  Different Ideas to Have Fun at Thanksgiving

  • Hold a pie eating contest or design a charcuterie tray for some fun food options.
  • Make a fall floral arrangement or a cornucopia for some festive decorations.
  • Organize a pumpkin hunt or push pumpkins for some outdoor activities.
  • Play a guessing game or go stargazing for some indoor entertainment.
  • Write a gratitude list.