‘Twas the night before Christmas in Texas, you bet,
But no one’d seen Santa; he hadn’t come yet.
The chaps were all hung up, the boots neatly shined,
While out on the plains a right tough windstorm whined.
And Santa was in it, with reindeer and sleigh,
He’d blown in from Brownsville, down Mexico way.
He was squinting from dust and his beard had turned brown,
The reindeer were squealing; the sleigh sinking down,
Till it lurched to a stop near the hills at Big Bend.
Santa said, “Here we’ll wait for this dust storm to end.
The sleigh’s overloaded with great Texas toys.
It’s too hard to steer in the dust and the noise!”
Now the problem was time; he had Texas to cross,
And the night passing fast. Should he get him a hoss?
But no horse was nearby; only longhorns around.
“I don’t trust ’em,” says Rudolph, a pawin’ the ground.
So they huddled to ponder just what could be done
To deliver those toys for the kids Christmas fun.
Things were downright disgusting, when suddenly came
A small Texas voice calling Santa by name...
“Howdy Santa! Ah’ll help! Ah know just where tuh go,
The way tuh the great Texas Rangers ah’ll show.
They kin do it, ah know,” chirped the odd little fellow.
“Well, by jiminey,” says Rudolph, “it’s a real armadillo.”
With the leader, the team quickly moved north by east,
Left the dust storm in Abilene- what a relief!
All the Rangers were called and they split up that load,
And giving a whoop, all directions they rode!
San Antonio children all sleeping just so
Heard, “Y’all have a good one! 'Member the Alamo!' ”
Now Santa could fly; there was no time to waste
On toward Dallas and Houston the sleigh sped with haste.
Heard the band still performing at Billy Bob’s bar,
And dropped ten-gallon hats and new boots at the door.
He swept into Dallas, now feeling quite jolly,
On Pegasus’ neck placed a small wreath of holly.
He rounded Reunion Tower headed toward Irving,
To visit the Cowboys- there’s none more deserving!
Dropped a big load of footballs, bid the skyline goodbye.
“Seasons Greetings,” he called, and turned south on the fly.
All the oil towers were lighted; the air seemed alive
As he headed for Houston on I-45.
At the Astrodome, someone had left him a treat -
Fresh barbecue, chili, and nachos to eat!
“Oh, how I love Texas!” Santa sang with high cheer,
As he passed Neiman Marcus drinking Lone Star “root” beer.
His huge load of toys got dropped off, one by one.
To each sleeping child and his dad and his mum.
Then headed toward Beaumont, the whole team took flight
“Merry Christmas to Texas! and to all a Goodnight!”
Santa's Guh-nomes - Archie Bunker
Texas is as odd as it is vast. - Henry Rollins
A turkey never voted for an early Christmas. - Unknown
I never saw anything funnier than Texas politics. - Molly Ivins
I get really grinchy right up until Christmas morning. - Dan Aykroyd
Texas is a hotbed of insanely good bands and musicians. - Henry Rollins
Calling a taxi in Texas is like calling a rabbi in Iraq. - Fran Lebowitz
Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year. - Victor Borge
I'm super laid back. I'm from Texas. I love my family. - Selena Gomez
The folks in Mississippi are saying, 'Thank God for Texas.' - Kinky Friedman
You know the good part about all those executions in Texas? Fewer Texans. - George Carlin
We also sleep in separate beds. Hers is in California and mine is in Texas. - Red Skelton
News events are like Texas weather. If you don't like it, wait a minute. - Jessica Savitch
Nothing's as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas. - Kin Hubbard
Mail your packages early, so the Post Office can lose them in time for Christmas. - Johnny Carson
The landscape of Texas is in all my work. It's that light; it's that sky. - Robert Wilson
How can you look at the Texas legislature and still believe in intelligent design? - Kinky Friedman
The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live. - George Carlin
Being from Texas, I would say I favor a pair of jeans you can wear some boots with. - Jensen Ackles
If my Valentine you won't be,
I'll hang myself on your Christmas tree. - Ernest Hemingway
Aren't we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa. - Bart Simpson
I built my church on Easter services, Christmas Eve services, and Norman Vincent Peale. - Robert H. Schuller
True and solemn meaning of Christmas, which is a time for peace and quiet contemptation. - Archie Bunker
If 'ifs and buts' were 'candy and nuts', we'd have Christmas every day. - Unknown
If a man's from Texas, he'll tell you. If he's not, why embarrass him by asking? - John Gunther
Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called 'walking.' - George W. Bush
The definition of insanity in Texas is so insane that it's impossible to be insane in Texas. - Malcolm McDowell
I'm from Texas, and one of the reasons I like Texas is because there's no one in control. - Willie Nelson
I still have my Christmas Tree. I looked at it today. Sure enough, I couldn't see any forests. - Steven Wright
No matter how carefully you stored the lights last year, they will be snarled again this Christmas. - Robert Kirby
Good thing we've still got politics in Texas - finest form of free entertainment ever invented. - Molly Ivins
The Christmas season has come to mean the period when the public plays Santa Claus to the merchants. - John Andrew Holmes
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a family all wrapped up in each other. - Bill Vaughan
I don't think I'm a celebrity. I'm just a guy from east Texas who loves cars and airplanes. - Carroll Shelby
Might make a real good Christmas present for the uninformed. The book is called 'Taking America Back.' - Paul Harvey
You can take the girl out of Texas but not the Texas out of the girl and ultimately not the girl out of Texas. - Janine Turner
I gave my young nephew a book for Christmas. He's spent six months looking for where to put
the batteries. - Milton Berle
The reason gas prices are so high is because the oil is in Texas and Oklahoma and all the dipsticks are in Washington. - Yakov Smirnoff
I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph. - Shirley Temple
You can imagine me as a kid growing up in redneck Texas with ballet shoes, tucking the violin under my arm. I had to fight my way up. - Patrick Swayze
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