10 Signs It's Christmastime in Phoenix

In case you're new to town and haven't noticed yet, the Christmas season in Phoenix looks a little different than it does in, say, New York or Chicago..

Here are 10 Phoenix Christmas traditions that are sure signs Santa's on his way:

10.) Everyone is buying and selling tamales by the pound.

9.) Canadian license plates.
When the snowbirds fly south, you know Christmas is just around the corner.

8.) Everyone actually wants to visit the Mormon Church.
Yes, the Mormon temple's Christmas lights display in Mesa actually makes people want to go near the place.

7.) People overreact to cool weather.
A sunny, 60-degree day doesn't exactly shout "Christmastime," but many Phoenix residents respond by wearing a full-blown ski jacket and gloves.

6.) A Stack of tumbleweeds gets lit up in the suburbs.
Of course, it's officially the Christmas season when the Chandler lights up a stack of crusty dead plants and calls it a Christmas tree.

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Matthew Hendley
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