I had the privilege for many years of sharing Christmas with a family where the Mom was raised in Texas. She had a very Western Xmas sensibility. She always made enchiladas on Xmas Eve and Tamales on Xmas Day.
I have come to think of this as a tradition, one I have since utilized for myself and other families.
Tamales are just plain fun, especially when paired with a simple salad made of jicama, avocado, tangerines and a light dressing. So easy and delicious.
Two great places to order and pick up some gourmet complex tamales are....
WESTSIDE :: http://www.tamarastamales.com/
EASTSIDE :: http://www.cacaodeli.com/