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Christmas, one of Albuquerque's favorite slang terms!

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(adjective) A term used year-round to refer to both red and green chili peppers

Waiter: “Hi, can I take your order?”

Jesse: “I’ll take the chicken enchiladas and a Diet Coke.”

Waiter: “Would you like red or green sauce on that?”

Jesse: “Make mine Christmas please.”


The origin of the slang word “Christmas” comes from the popular green and red colors seen all over the Western world around Christmas time. However, while it is certainly common enough to use the phrase “Christmas colors”, in Albuquerque the term 'Christmas' refers solely to red and green chili peppers. New Mexico was Mexican territory prior to the Mexican-American War during the 1840’s, and so even today there is a great deal of Mexican influence in Albuquerque’s cuisine. In fact, Burqueños, as they call themselves, probably eat just as many chilies as their neighbors across the Rio Grande.


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