How you know it is getting close to Christmas time? For some people once they put up their trees and for others it is once the decorations go up. For me I know that Christmas is getting close when I see these packages on the kitchen counter.
Those are bags of masa for tamales. My wife’s mother grew up in Mormon colonies in Mexico. Her family has a big Christmas Eve dinner of tamales and posole. So once Christmas get closer my wife starts to make her tamales which is a process that take ups large amounts of the kitchen but it is so worth it.