This poem, Merry Christmas Amigos, first appeared in the El Paso Times in 1948 and ran every year at least through 1977:
'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 St. Nicholas will feel obligado
To leave a few cosas aqui and alli,
For chico and chica (and something for me!)
Los ninos are snuggled all safe in their camas
(Some in camisas and some in pajamas.)
Their little cabezas are full of good things
Todos esperan lo que Santa will bring!
Santa is down at the corner saloon
(Muy borracho since mid-afternoon);
Mama is sitting beside the ventana
Shining her rolling pin para manana
When Santa will come en un manner extrano,
Lit up like the Star on the mountain, cantando,
Y mama lo manda to bed with a right.
Merry Christmas a todos y a todos good night!