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THE BURRO’S BLANKET
by M.A. Cortez
Lupe hung Chico’s blanket on the fence.
“You don’t need it.” She told the little burro.
But Chico pulled it off.
He’d been so excited when Lupe told him he was chosen to be a part of Las Posadas the traveling play that lasted for nine nights leading up to Christmas Eve.
Lupe was his best friend. Chico wanted to make her proud but the new blanket was scratchy. Wearing his old blanket helped him feel safe.
Lupe pulled the reins. Chico shook his head and pawed the ground. He wouldn’t budge.
Lupe sighed. “I guess we can cover it with this fancy new one.”
Before the procession began Mary was lifted onto Chico’s sturdy back.
At each stop, the people asked for shelter and the answer was always no.
That was how the play went. Lupe had explained that it would have a happy ending. On the last night, the Holy Couple would be welcomed. They would place the baby in a manger and everybody would celebrate the birth of baby Jesus.
Chico’s ears perked at the ninth house Mary and Joseph walked to the stable to place the baby in the manger.
The baby cried.
Mary looked around for help.
Chico pulled the fancy blanket off his back. He took his soft old blanket and placed it inside the manger.
The baby cooed.
Everyone cheered. Mary scooped up the baby and led the procession inside for the party.
Lupe hugged her friend. “You’re the best burro ever.”