I didn't want to hijack Greendriver's Tamale pie thread, but Tamales are a favorite Christmas tradition of mine. Not an old tradition for me, but a fairly new one that has become an annual party at my house. Our tamale party will be next Sunday. I prepare all of the fixin's before the guests arrive, have some beer on ice, and a little Cabo. The house is full of happy people with children of all ages underfoot. We build tamales until the steamers are full, and then "visit" until that batch is done, then do it all over again. It's just a lot of fun.
Here is a link to a post in KCquers roadmap to the Qtalk forum with mucho good info: