A Chupacabra Christmas
A Chupacabra Christmas: A short children’s story in which a baby Chupacabra turns up in a town after a heavy sandstorm.
One of his best-selling short stories, Alan Nafzger’s A Chupacabra Christmas tells the story of a small, quintessentially Texas town that is turned upside down by the arrival of a strange/legenday creature. After huge sandstorm, a 2-foot tall Chupacabra arrives on the scene. The creature is shunned and feared by the public, but the Chupacabra is rescued by an indomitable nun and the parish caretaker. They welcome the baby Chupacabra into their home and shower it with love and affection. In turn, their kindness changes the town’s perception of the creature and helps the local community to overcome their initial misjudgment.
Bryan Lourd, Managing Director of CAA and Hollywood’s leading talent agent said: “A Chupacabra Christmas showcases Alan’s firmly held belief in not judging people on appearances, his reverence for the church and for the elderly, and his very genuine love of Christmas.
The book’s illustrations shows us just a glimpse at the havoc the titular creature wreaks in town, and how much her arrival frightens the other residents. The Chupacabra baby clearly just wants a warm home for Christmas, though, as she looks cozy as can be when she’s brought in out the cold!
The magic of Alan Nafzger, the legendary Texas treasure and maverick author who sold over 10 million books worldwide, comes to life in this children’s story book. A Chupacabra Christmas tells the story of a quintessentially Texas town which is thrown into disarray by a huge sandstorm and the dramatic appearance of a 2-foot tall baby Chupacabra. Shunned and feared by the local townsfolk, Snow Baby is rescued by the indomitable nun who along with church caretaker, welcomes her into her home, showering her new adoptee with love and affection, changing the town’s perception and helping the community overcome their initial prejudices.
A Chupacabra Christmas
How a Town Marvelously Survived an Awkward Christmas – A Chupacabra Christmas
Pecan Street Press (Lubbock ● Austin ● Fort Worth)
Copyright © 2022 Alan Nafzger
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This is a work of children’s fiction. Unless otherwise indicated, all the nuns, caretakers, monsters, goats, ghost warriors, characters, churches, orphanages, events and sandstorms in this book, while part of the Texas landscape, are used in a fictitious way. Any resemblance to actual Chupacabras, earthly or extra-terrestrial, or documented sightings are purely coincidental.
Library of Congress has cataloged the paperback edition as follows:
A Chupacabra Christmas / by Alan Nafzger. – Amazon ed.
- Title; A Chupacabra Christmas. 2. Texas Chupacabra. 3. Catholic Church. 4. Hispanic Literature. 5. Chupacabra Lore. 6. Hispanic Children’s Literature.
The chupacabra or chupacabras (Spanish pronunciation: [tʃupaˈkaβɾas], literally ‘goat-sucker’; from Spanish: chupar, ‘to suck’, and cabras, ‘goats’) is a legendary creature in the folklore of parts of the Americas, with its first purported sightings reported in Puerto Rico in 1995. The name comes from the animal’s reported vampirism—the chupacabra is said to attack and drink the blood of livestock, including goats.
Physical descriptions of the creature vary, with some describing it as more dog-like (particularly in Southwestern United States) while most others describe it as reptilian and alien-like (in Puerto Rico and Latin America). Some report it as being a heavy creature the size of a small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base of the tail.
Sightings have been reported in Puerto Rico since the 1970s, and this creature has since been reported as far north as Maine, as far south as Chile, and even outside the Americas in countries like Russia and Philippines. All of the reports are anecdotal and have been disregarded as uncorroborated or lacking evidence. Sightings in northern Mexico and the southern United States have been verified as canids afflicted by mange. According to biologists and wildlife management officials, the chupacabra is an urban legend.
Name – Chupacabra
Chupacabras can be literally translated as ‘goat-sucker’, from chupar (‘to suck’) and cabras (‘goats’). It is known as both chupacabras and chupacabra throughout the Americas, with the former being the original name, and the latter a regularization. The name is attributed to Puerto Rican comedian Silverio Pérez, who coined the label in 1995 while commenting on the attacks as a San Juan radio deejay.
Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which historically in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many countries, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season organized around it.
Nativity of Jesus – Christmas
The traditional Christmas narrative recounted in the New Testament, known as the “Nativity of Jesus”, says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in accordance with messianic prophecies. When Joseph and Mary arrived in the city, the inn had no room and so they were offered a stable where the Christ Child was soon born, with angels proclaiming this news to shepherds who then spread the word.
Although the month and date of Jesus’ birth are unknown, the church in the early fourth century fixed the date as December 25.This corresponds to the date of the winter solstice on the Roman calendar. It is exactly nine months after Annunciation on March 25, also the date of the spring equinox. Most Christians celebrate on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, which has been adopted almost universally in the civil calendars used in countries throughout the world. However, part of the Eastern Christian Churches celebrate Christmas on December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which currently corresponds to January 7 in the Gregorian calendar. For Christians, believing that God came into the world in the form of man to atone for the sins of humanity, rather than knowing Jesus’ exact birth date, is considered to be the primary purpose in celebrating Christmas.
The celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving; completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath; Christmas music and caroling; viewing a Nativity play; an exchange of Christmas cards; church services; a special meal; and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, garlands, wreaths, mistletoe, and holly. In addition, several closely related and often interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. Over the past few centuries, Christmas has had a steadily growing economic effect in many regions of the world.
Originally posted 2022-01-12 07:07:03.