Here in the Lone Star State we know better than to wait for white Christmases and sleigh rides to fill up the holiday season. While we love the quality time with family and friends and enjoy getting wrapped up in all the caroling and lights, we also have a few of our own unique “Texas twists” on the holiday.
Thanks to the German immigrants who migrated to Texas in the 1800s, we have many towns in Texas that still have a German flavor. The Germans brought some fun new ways of celebrating the holiday, such as Kris Kringle & St. Nicholas (two different characters!), even decorating a Christmas tree was a concept brought into Texas by the Germans.
Another culture that contributes to the tapestry of Texas comes from our southern neighbor, Mexico. As a culture who often celebrates with bright colors and bold flavors, the Mexican culture is often blended into delicious Christmas treats on the Texan table. Tamales are a staple part of a Texan Christmas, usually placed right next to those delicious pecan pralines that Texans love so much.
Of course, the cowboy culture played a huge role in setting the foundation for what Christmas was like in Texas. Life on the range didn’t lend itself to much socializing but Christmas was a fun exception. After spending Christmas morning at church, Cowboys would be invited into the homes of townsfolk who would fill them up on Christmas cheer and delicious food. In turn, the cowboys would bring fun little trinkets to give to the children.
Whatever traditions you love to do during the holiday season we hope that you’ll have the pleasure of one day experiencing what it’s like in the Lone Star State! With some towns singing, “Stille Nacht” and others enjoying homemade tamales, it’ll be a Christmas to remember!