Arlington, Texas—On Saturday, thousands of Dallas Cowboys fans descended on the parking lots outside Cowboys Stadium to take part in a not so traditional Christmas Eve.
"We're part of the Christmas, part of the holiday spirit, but yet, we gotta root the Cowboys on," said Peter Mollett.
What does that mean? For starters, forget about Santa's red and white hat, Saturday was all about the blue and white. In fact, the Cowboys Santa hat was so popular, the Cowboys gave it out as their present to fans.
Also different: Instead of a Christmas ham, how about a Christmas hot dog? Or instead of Eggnog, how about beer as the alcohol of choice?
There were open fires, but not in a fireplace but in a grill. The traditional Christmas Eve dinner at the family table was even thrown out the window this year.
"We're going to have our table right here, we're going to watch the Cowboys," said Mollett as he showed CW 33 News his tailgating tent.
Christmas music was the choice music for tailgating outside the stadium, and instead of a few hundred LED lights on your house, this Christmas Eve, how about 30 million LED lights powering the big screen inside the stadium.
Instead of caroling around the neighborhood, folks were using their vocal cords to cheer on the Cowboys. And finally, everyone wanted to ask Santa for just one thing: No, not an iPad 2 or Let's Rock Elmo, but for a Cowboys win.
"A Cowboys win, definitely," said Mollett.
"Cowboys tickets, and a win," said Aaron Thornburg.
"A Cowboys win and a Giants loss," said Roach.
It just so happened that Santa was a Cowboys fan. CW 33 News found Santa roaming the tailgates in Cowboys colors instead of his traditional suit.
"It's Christmas and it's Cowboys, so I got my Cowboys Santa suit on to try and bring some Christmas cheer and a Cowboys victory," said Santa.
Santa said he could watch the game and still get presents to everyone.
"We are still going to have Christmas, tomorrow morning. Kids will open the gifts," Santa told CW 33 News.
He said he would work hard to get that Cowboys win.
"I'm going to do my best. I'm going to yell and scream and holler," said Santa.