Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Para my bilingual Familia

"THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS"
Jim and Nita Lee (Dec. 1972)
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the casa,
Not a creature was stirring -- Caramba! Que pasa?
Los ninos were tucked away in their camas,
Some in long underwear, some in pijamas,
While hanging the stockings with mucho cuidado
In hopes that old Santa would feel obligado
To bring all children, both buenos and malos,
A nice batch of dulces and other regalos.
Outside in the yard there arose such a grito
That I jumped to my feet like a fightened cabrito.
I ran to the window and looked out afuera,
And who in the world do you think that it era?
Saint Nick in a sleigh and a big red sombrero
Came dashing along like a crazy bombero.
And pulling his sleigh instead of venados
Were eight little burros approaching volados.
I watched as they came and this quaint little hombre
Was shouting and whistling and calling by nombre:
"Ay Pancho, ay Pepe, ay Cuco, ay Beto,
Ay Chato, ay Chopo, Macuco, y Nieto!"
Then standing erect with his hands on his pecho
He flew to the top of our very own techo.
With his round little belly like a bowl of jalea,
He struggled to squeeze down our old chiminea,
Then huffing and puffing at last in our sala,
With soot smeared all over his red suit de gala,
He filled all the stockings with lovely regalos --
For none of the ninos had been very malos.
Then chuckling aloud, seeming very contento,
He turned like a flash and was gone like the viento.
And I heard him exclaim, and this is verdad,
Merry Christmas to all, and Feliz Navidad!

23 comments:

Findalis said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Sarah Joy said...

Feliz Navidad mi amiga! Y Dios le bendiga!

Rancher said...

OK, I'm stealing another post from JM! This will go out to all my amigos in Nuevo Mexico. Feliz Navidad JM.

Baptist Girl said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours Rita! You are a special lady because all the things you do serving our Lord and Savior. Thank you and your family.

Jim and Cristina

A Note From Theresa said...

Merry Christmas Rita!

Frieda said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family. May God continue to bless you.

Pam said...

Oh I love this! It is my casa for seguro!

Soul Skittles said...

Haha! That's awesome!! Merry Christmas Eve!!

Obob said...

Merry Christmas

Kimberly said...

Happy Christmas Eve!

Gayle said...

LOL! That's wonderful, Rita!

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours. I know it will be joyously blessed. :)

luvvom said...

Merry Christmas!

Liz said...

Blogger ate my comment!!!

Feliz navidad mi querida gringa de la selva!!!

Papa Frank said...

Merry Christmas to you and the family, JM!!!

FJ said...

Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo!

Ken, Christie, Camille, Caroline said...

This is just the funniest! Me gusta mucho! Can't wait to see you tomorrow...

Alice Gorable said...

Merry Christmas, Jungle Mom!

KA said...

Thanks JM, Merry Christmas to you and your family

MK said...

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas filled with merriment, family, friends and loved ones Rita. Thanks for being such a loyal blog-buddy, for sharing the stories about your life and keeping us informed.

redneck preacher said...

Merry Christmas to ya'll too

HTOITA

Next year in Heaven?

Humble wife said...

Merry Christmas to YOU and yours!
Bill Jen and the gang!

Siberia Tom said...

Saludos Amigos
Que pasa con tigos?
Me gusto
tan mucho
tus palabras
tan divertidas
con amor nos hablamos
Feliz Navidad de Diana y Tomas

Donald Douglas said...

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year.