I love Spanish. Have I mentioned that before?I love it so much! So, of course I loved it when my Spanish professor brought this Tex-Mex version of “The Night Before Christmas” poem to our last class this semester.I thought I would share it with y’all, because it’s amazing… and because it’s Spanish :)

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas….

The Tex-Mex Version of
“The Night Before Christmas”
By Jim and Nita Lee (Dec. 1972)‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the casa, 
Not a creature was stirring– ¡Caramba! ¿Qu<span “font-size:=”” 11.0pt;line-height:200%;font-family:”times=”” roman”,”serif”;mso-fareast-font-family:=”” calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;color:black;mso-ansi-language:es-us;=”” mso-fareast-language:en-us;mso-bidi-language:ar-sa”=””>é pasa?
Los ni<span “font-size:11.0pt;line-height:200%;color:black;mso-ansi-language:=”” es-us”=””>ños 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 otros regalos.
Outside in the yard there arose such a grito
That I jumped to my feet like a frightened 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 jelea,
He struggled to squeeze down our old chiminea.
Then huffing and puffing at last in our sala, 
With soot smeared all over his read suit de gala,
He filled all the stockings with lovely regalos–
For none of the ni<span “font-size:11.0pt;line-height:200%;color:black;mso-ansi-language:=”” es-us”=””>ños 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!”