A pair of worn Levis, a ten-gallon Stetson, an authentic cowboy vest, and a
bandana around the neck—could this really be Santa Claus? Leon A. Harris says
it is, as he tells the Texas-sized, Texas-style, rootin’ tootin’ Western
Christmas classic The Night Before Christmas—In Texas, That
Is, a story that has entertained audiences for more than forty
A longtime writer, presenter, and speaker, Harris reveals that a Texas
Christmas is different. Boots, not stockings, wait to be stuffed with gifts, and
faithful "hosses," not reindeer, provide Santa's transportation.
Forget the sleigh, too. In Texas, the jolly old elf arrives on a buckboard piled
high with presents for good little Texans.
Harris's gift for writing clever and imaginative stories led to the
creation of diverse characters and situations, from Russian ballet schools to
Peruvian children to a lovable French mouse. In addition to children's books,
he wrote for historical journals and contemporary magazines.
Two of the late author's latest publications were featured in Town and
Country and Smithsonian magazines. Years after his death, Harris's
stories continue to entertain and educate audiences of all ages. When it comes
to a Texas Christmas, he was the uppermost authority.