“Uniquely Texas” Christmas Fun
The countdown to Christmas is now in the single digits. There’s one more weekend left before the big day.  For many people, that means frantically trying to finish shopping, decorating the house or baking cookies.  But for some of us, it’s the last weekend to enjoy the many Christmas festivities that are happening all around us.
I wanted to take a look at the how people across our state make this holiday our own, how we put our Texas spin on the activities, stories and celebrations that make Christmas in Texas a little different than anywhere else. Here are a few “uniquely Texas” things I’ve found.

Go and see a “Texafied” performance:

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The Paramount Theater | Abilene
Fri. – Sun., Dec. 20-22
Set during the Great Depression of the 1930s, this Texas-themed take on the traditional Dickens story is billed as “a Christmas tale of greed, ghosts, and really spicy chili.”
> For tickets and more info.
House of Blues | Dallas
Thur., Dec. 19, 7 pm
Sometimes, a Texas Christmas looks a little different than the “perfect” ones depicted in the old movies. Country legend Robert Earl Keen wrote a holiday song a few years back called “Merry Christmas From the Family”. It was about a less-than-perfect holiday with a somewhat dysfunctional family and it must have resonated with a lot of folks because it became a hit and spawned a tradition: Keen, his guitar, a stage, and all the holiday hits you could ever want.
> More info and tickets.

Celebrate cowboy-style

Longhorn Saloon | Bandera
Sat., Dec. 21, 12 noon
You know you’re in Texas when Christmas caroling directions start with “Bring your horse…”
The annual Christmas Caroling by horseback event, “Singing in the Saddle” provides guitar players and sheet music. You provide the horse – if you don’t have one, rentals are available, or just ride in the wagon. Santa Claus will be joining too. Meet at the Longhorn Saloon at 12 noon for a 1:00 ride out, then just sing from the saddle, stopping along Main Street. Afterward, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate at the chuck wagon. > More info.
Enchanted Springs Ranch | Boerne
Sat. – Sun., Dec. 21- 22, 10 am – 5 pm
Experience an Old West Christmas, with Cowboy Santa, “Texas’ Night Before Christmas” Puppet Show, Pistol Packin’ Paula, lots of live music, cowboy skits, and an Interactive Living Nativity. > More info and tickets.

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Pioneer Hall | Anson
Sat., Dec. 21, 8 pm – midnight
This ball has a special place in history as it’s a reenactment of a party that was originally held in 1885 at the Star Hotel in Anson. The historic Pioneer Hall is hosting the 79th Annual Texas Cowboy’s Christmas Ball and the rules are the same as in 1885: Ladies must wear dresses on the dance floor (no split skirts!) and gentlemen must check their hats and spurs.
Come take a step back in history and enjoy a “fancy”, fun night out. > More info

Texas Christmas Eats

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew | Austin
Now through Dec. 22
“On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Brisket Tamales and a perfectly-paired craft beer.”
Over a dozen carnivorous days, Stiles Switch’s pitmaster, Lance Kirkpatrick, prepares and smokes one-of-a-kind, off-the-menu specials. This event started on Dec. 10 and sadly, I didn’t catch it until now when there are only 4 more days left, but I thought it was still worth a mention in this uniquely Texas list. > For updated info, see their Facebook page.
Hands-on Tamale Workshops
Sat, Dec. 21, 6:30 PM
Mon., Dec. 23, 6:30 PM
Step aside, fruitcake and eggnog.  In Texas, tamales are one of the stars of the Christmas table. Classes like these in Fort Worth and Dallas can be found across the state teaching adventurous cooks how to make them. If you can’t find a class in your area, or you’re not feeling that adventurous, be sure to place your order with your favorite tamale restaurant by this weekend if you haven’t already.

Deck Them Halls, Y’all!

Finally, I’ll leave you with a few “uniquely Texas” ornaments and decorations I’ve come across:

Wishing Y’all a Very Merry Texas Christmas!

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