n.— «It’s time for the annual tamalada.…“Making tamales during Christmas is a family tradition and a chance for us girls to get together …even if I get stuck cleaning the leaves, as always.”…For Aguirre and the gals, tamaladas, roughly translated as tamale parties, have always been an extra special occasion for the entire family.» —“The Tamale Tradition” by Miriam Ramirez The Monitor (McAllen, Texas) Dec. 24, 2005. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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