To the Editor of La Prensa,
I am writing to ask you to please publish this poem in La Prensa. This poem has been in my family for many generations. In memory of my father, I would like to have this poem published.
It first appeared in La Prensa and La Opinion of Los Angeles in 1937.
Tis the night before Christmas
And all through the casa
Not a creature is stirring
¡Caramba! ¿Que Pasa?
The stockings are hanging con mucho cuidado
In hopes that San Nicholas will feel obligado
To leave a few cosas aquí y allí
for chico y chica (y something for me!)
Los Niños are snuggled all safe in their camas
(some in vestidos and some in pajamas)
Their little cabezas all full of good things,
They all esperando que Santa will bring.
But Santa esta at the corner saloon
muy borracho since mid–afternoon
Mamá is sitting beside la ventana
Shining her rolling pin para mañana
When Santa returns to his home, zigzaqueando
lit up like the star spangled banner cantando
And mamá will send him to bed con a right
Merry Christmas a todos y a todos good night.
La Familia Campos