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Tamale Making Family Traditions

Family Ties: Family Traditions

In my family, we've had a holiday tradition of making tamales for as long as I can remember. My grandmother has aged and no longer holds the position of Reyna Tamalera (translation: Queen Tamale Maker), but my mother has stepped in. And the younger generations of our family are getting in on the action, too. My sister, cousins and I and now our children are now learning the tricks of the tamale making trade. Here's a video of my niece spreading the masa on the ojas.

Being around loved ones, celebrating life and each other is what the holidays are all about for me. I hope one day I will be the Queen Tamalera – surrounded by my children, grandchildren, and great–grandchildren.

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trm1995 trm1995 8 years
I agree, holidays are about being with the ones you love!! I believe you will be an awesome Queen Tamalera. I look forward to spreading mucho masa contigo.
elaine elaine 8 years
yay! tamales!
elaine elaine 8 years
yay! tamales!
cbgmick cbgmick 8 years
How lovely!! Ours is a cookie making tradition and lots of fun
SexBiscuit SexBiscuit 8 years
I will be more than happy to test the tamales for you. Anytime. :)
beccalu beccalu 8 years
We just made tamales for the holidays too! My husband's family is Hispanic so I get to take part in this fun tradition with them. It's a tough job, but it sure is worth it in the end when you get to eat them!
heyhey heyhey 8 years
Little E, I'm jealous and wish I was there to help make tamales too! V
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I wish we had some family traditions like this.
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