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Tex-Mex Night Before Christmas!

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Have a fun time with this classic Tex Mex version of "Night Before Christmas".

Friends shared this many years ago and it's such a special holiday treat! 


'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 pajamas,


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 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 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!"


Wishing you and yours a very fun-filled, loving holiday season. And a most happy New Year.


My holiday blog "Christmas Love Story" from my heart to yours, coming very soon!


Leaving footprints on your reading hearts, Rita





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Modeling the art and craft of teaching reading for 47 years, Mrs. Wirtz taught language arts, speech and reading at all levels preschool-adult, including penal. She served as Pre-school and K-6 Principal. Rita was also a Curriculum Consultant, ESEA, Title I Program Evaluator and literacy trainer. At the university level she taught school administration in the Bilingual Cohort at CSUS and National University, Sacto. Mrs. Wirtz also taught all reading courses for Chapman University for many years in Sacramento and Placerville, Ca., and mentored student teachers. On the national level she was a well known motivational Keynote Speaker and Seminar Leader. Most importantly, Rita walked the talk, teaching with teachers in more than 500 K-12 and special needs classrooms. Rita authored books, publications and Pre- YouTube, videos were filmed by San Diego County Office of Education. Calif. ASCD authored companion book guides, and Calif. school districts correlated her basic skills instruction with State Standards. Mrs. Wirtz' newest book is Reading Champs! Teaching Reading Made Easy, a review of the basic building blocks of English and Reading. Rita is currently teaching in a multi-age, fully incuded preschool, ages 2-8. Find Mrs. Wirtz on Twitter @RitaWirtz, Facebook and website- www.ritawirtz.com.

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