The owner of the Amapola Super Deli and Market in Downey is used to people lining up around the block, starting early in the morning, to buy not just tamales but the dough to make tamales at home.
Tamales are traditionally served at posadas -- gatherings to reflect upon Mary and Joseph's search for shelter -- and other Christmas parties.
Amapola is located at 7420 E. Florence Ave., in Downey. It's open long hours, starting early morning, on most days. (Amapola Web Site)
But be warned: We're not exaggerating about the length of the lines.