8 Facts Guaranteed to Boost Your Texas Pride

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6. Snow is about as alien to Texans as, well, actual aliens.

We wear strange things in the winter because winter isn’t an annual event in Texas, particularly in the Texas Hill Country. Sometimes we just skip it and go straight into spring. We don’t have a “winter closet” full of coats, hats, sweaters, and gloves, so we just throw on a parka and basketball shorts or a hoodie, leggings, and flip-flops.

7. Chili is the official dish of the state of Texas, and we take it very seriously.

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Read my lips: Chili. Does. Not. Have. Beans. Plain and simple. We take chili so serious that we even have weekend-long festivals devoted to its creation. The festivities in Leander, Lukenbach, and Johnson City in the Hill Country attract folks from all over the state. Heck, from all over the country to be exact!

8. Texans perpetuate the cycle of fervent regional pride in our public schools.

Texas history starts in kindergarten and continues through high school. All school children can tell you the state bird is a Mockingbird, the state motto is Friendship, and the state tree is the Pecan Tree.

So, if you move here from out of state with your family, just know that we’ll be indoctrinating your kids with our Texas pride. Just visiting? As stubborn as we are about things, we love guests. We want you to come on over, and we want you to come on back, ya hear?


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