Tamales in Ofelio Crespo's home on Dec. 20. Lauren Rock/NPR hide caption

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A retail store at the CambridgeSide Galleria mall in Cambridge, Mass., advertises holiday sale, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

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Christmas chocolate and sweets on display at a Christmas market at Piazza Navona on Dec. 20 in Rome. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Claxton Bakery in Georgia makes millions of pounds of fruitcake each year. Stephen Morton/AP hide caption

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A gift card display at a Target store in Mayfield Hts., Ohio., last month. Amy Sancetta/AP hide caption

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Many Americans are familiar with cornhusk-wrapped tamales. But those aren't my favorite. Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images hide caption

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Tourtiere is "one of Canada's better contributions to the culinary world," says Thomas Naylor, executive chef to the Canadian ambassador to the U.S. Larry Crowe/AP hide caption

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