Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Noche Before Christmas

My sister's holiday tree.  Very ornate and beautifully decorated!

The Noche Before Christmas

Author unknown

Twas the noche before Christmas and all through la casa,
not a creature was stirring – Caramaba! Que Pasa?
The niños were tucked away in their camas,
some in vestidos and some in pijamas.

While hanging the stockings con mucho cuidado,
in hopes that old Santa would feel obligado.
To bring all children both Buenos y malos,
a nice patch of dulces y otros regalos.

Outside in the yard there arose such a grito,
that I jumped to my feet like a frightened cabrito.
I run 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 tiny burros approaching velados.

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, a Chopo, ay Macuco, y Nieto!”

Then standing erect with his hands on his pecho,

he flew to the top of our own techo.
With his round little belly like a bowl of jalea,
he struggled to squeeze down our chiminea.
Then huffing and puffing at last in our sala,
With soot spread all over his red suit de Gala.

He filled all the stockings with lovely regalos,
because none of the children had been very malos.
Then chuckling aloud and seeming muy 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!


  1. Merci pour la chanson et ce superbe arbre de noel, il est magnifique. Je te souhaite a toi et a ta famille un JOYEUX NOEL

  2. What a tree! Have a wonderful holiday, Kate!

  3. Anonymous6:20 AM

    Hi Kate,

    Patty and I hope you and your family have a happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year.

  4. Wow Kate! How creative you are! A poem in English and Spanish! Bravo!
    That tree is beautiful! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

  5. Cute adaptation of that beloved poem. The tree is beautiful as well.

    Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas to you and your family!!

  6. What a lovely, fancy Christmas tree loaded with wonderful ornaments!
    Feliz navidad, Great Kate!

  7. I enjoyed your poem, and hope you enjoy your holidays.

  8. My goodness, your sister has really gone to town. What a tree!

    Love the poem. wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas, Kate.

  9. very lovely Kate. i truly enjoyed the bilingual poem.

  10. Just a lovely tree! Christmas blessings to you and your family Kate.

  11. Enjoy the day. Best wishes.

  12. My Spanish is still quite working, very nice song!
    Happy Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Buon Natale!

  13. Dear Kate, happy holidays!

    I'm leaving for Rocky Mountains on Saturday for two weeks holiday so I'm using this occasion to wish you and your family all happiness in the world in the New Year!


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