Why Jenna Bush Hager and her family eat Mexican food on Christmas Eve

For Jenna Bush Hager, it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas Eve without the foods of one marvelous corn-based cuisine.

The TODAY with Hoda & Jenna co-host has many family traditions she’s looking forward to this holiday season, but she’s particularly psyched about one that pays homage to her Texan roots.

“The main tradition that we have over Christmas is Mexican food on Christmas Eve, Tex-Mex. So it’s tamales and enchiladas, guacamole, etc.,” the 41-year-old explained in a new streaming special, “Holidays in My House,” on TODAY All Day.

Watch “Holidays in My House” at 9:30pm on the TODAY All Day streaming channel on Peacock or your smart TV.

Jenna Bush Hager took her daughters to the White House for the first time back in September.  (@jennabhager/Instagram/TODAY)

Jenna Bush Hager took her daughters to the White House for the first time back in September. (@jennabhager/Instagram/TODAY)

Every family has its own unique approach to holiday meals, and it takes a little while for Jenna’s husband, Henry Hager, to warm up to hers.

“The first year that my husband spent Christmas with my family he was like, ‘Wait, where’s the ham?’ He couldn’t believe that was the way we celebrated,” she said. “But it’s just such a beautiful tradition. And one that we love to celebrate.”

The mother of three has always been vocal about her love for Tex-Mex food, and has shared her go-to queso recipe in the past (Savannah Guthrie is a big fan).

“I absolutely love queso. Queso is basically considered a food group in Texas,” she said at the time. “Growing up, when my mom was tired

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