seasonal greetings

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Sat Dec 23 16:38:55 MST 2000

Thanks, Jon. I'll pass this on to the Marxism list where all your old
friends can be found.

At 10:07 PM 12/23/00 +0000, you wrote:
>Dear all:
>Greetings for the holiday and the New Year, and best wishes from
>Manchester.  Do get/keep in touch.
>Enjoy the transculturated ditty below (which comes courtesy of Jonathan
>Jon and Susan
>Jon Beasley-Murray
>Spanish and Portuguese
>University of Manchester
>jon.beasley-murray at
>Susan Brook
>University of Staffordshire
>Orale! A chicano visit from San Nicolas
>'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the casa,
>       Not a creature was stirring.  Caramba! Que pasa?
>Los ninos were all tucked away in their camas,
>       Some in long underwear, some in pijamas.
>The stockings were hung up with mucho cuidado
>       in hopes that Old Santa would feel obligado
>to bring all the children, both buenos y malos
>       a nice batch of dulces and buenos 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 NORA, ay FABI, ay TASHA, ay BERTO,
>       ay GINO, ay JAVI, MARCO 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!

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