South Texas and the Coastal Bend has its own twist on Christmas which is a
mix of ethnic and regional traditions.
Here Santa Claus clad in cowboy boots and hat can be found greeting kids with longhorns or horses pulling his sleigh. Cowboy boots often replace stockings next to the hearth.
You may hear the ding of cowbells rather than the jingle of sleigh bells. Wreaths of barbed wire instead of holly adorn entryways.
Here in South Texas with our close proximity to Mexico, there are other traditions and takes during this time of year. Tummies and hearts are warmed by tamales and menudo. Poitsettias of every color and Christmas cactus add festive color to homes in South Texas. Luminarias (lit candles with rocks in paper bags) welcome people to the front doors of many homes here.
Finally, the Coastal Bend does Christmas in its own way. Palms wrapped in twinkling lights adorn many yards. Also, seashells, sea stars, and sand dollars adorn trees and wreaths in these parts. Boats are bedecked and bedazzled in bright bulbs, and they will be at La Posada boat parade next weekend. It is an annual event on Padre Island.