I want tamales for Christmas dinner. And I can even say it's a tradition. Unfortunately, I've never made tamales, so we might have to experiment a few times before Christmas Eve.
We're not going to be travelling this year for Christmas, not near any family. I was thinking the other day that those two things haven't happened to us often. We ended up flying last year to be with extended family because of a major event happening two days after Christmas, and the two years before that we lived very close to extended family. It does happen every few years- the year in Bishkek, the year middle son was born, one year in Boise, the year in New Jersey. But I can't imagine I made any sort of interesting meal the year we were waiting for the baby to be born, and we probably got a roasted chicken in Bishkek, or went out to eat.
But here's where the tamale tradition part comes in. The year we stayed home in Boise, our neighbors invited us over for tamales on Christmas Eve, and they were delicious. I can handle a completely traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but when the rest of the family is willing to branch out for Christmas, we'll do it. I don't think I'd convince them to go Asian though.
We're trying some other new Christmas things this year too, and I'm liking it.