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A chef demonstrates how corn dough tamales, known as hallacas, are prepared, at a Christmas fair in a state-owned market in Caracas, Venezuela. The country's most-enduring Christmas traditions: the gathering of family to prepare hallacas, is under threat from the nation's economic crisis. With inflation near a two-decade high, prices for many of the treat's trademark ingredients have skyrocketed beyond the reach of many family budgets.