Category Archives: Decor

‘Tis the Season and Decking the Halls

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Now that I’m stuffed with turkey,

I’m ready to Deck the Halls!

 I’m currently battling with the Christmas lights and sorting through boxes of decorations, if you need a break from shopping and decorating, you’re welcome to click on the links to revisit the posts for some Christmas inspiration!

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‘Tis the Season to be Jolly

Trimming the Tree

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O Fishing Tree

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Jumping in with Both Feet

into Christmas Season

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Bird Watching

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Making Lists and Make-Ahead Holiday Appetizers

It’s a Wrap

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I’m joining an

amazing group of bloggers

to Deck the Halls

December 5th and 6th!

Deck The Halls

Hope you’ll mark your calendars

and visit for the Endless Inspiration!

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 Feathered Nest FridaySeasonal Sundays

Fall Around The Potting Shed

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I’ve been busy harvesting

 pumpkins, gourds, goldenrod,

leaves and pots of mums for

Fall Around The Potting Shed!

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A basket on the door is filled with

goldenrod and oak leaves, still green, which

don’t turn in North Carolina

until the end of October.

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You’re welcome to peek inside

at the chalkboard door

with a favorite quote and

a touch of Autumn indoors. . .

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My window box is liner-free and home for

 a medley of gourds and pumpkins for the season.

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And a rake has been put into service as a vintage

tool rack with a hanging basket of mums.

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Pots of coleus~ pink, green and burgundy,

are still thriving with our 80 degree

temperatures, alongside tricolor mums,

blending the colors of summer and fall.

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An olive bucket is filled with goldenrod

and dried grasses harvested

from my field of dreams.

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Watering cans, collected through the years with

missing roses were picked up for a song,

and now have acorns for roses instead.

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A  salvaged chimney pot has been repurposed

as a flower pot for mums.

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 I’m joining a group of amazing bloggers sharing

Fall Around The House!

I hope you’ll stop by and visit for fall inspiration!

Yvonne~ StoneGable

Kristen~ Sophia’s Decor 

Courtney~ French Country Cottage

Shirley~ Housepitality Designs

Kimberly Hites~ The Beautiful Home

Fall Potting Shed

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It’s Fall Y’all ~Outdoor and Door Décor

Enhancing Fall Garland

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Fall is my favorite time of year and I love harvesting leaves, acorns, and bits of organic material to bring nature to the table!

My preference is to use real materials, but here in the South, our leaves don’t start to turn until mid October, so any fall decorating before then requires artificial garlands or wreaths.

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Enhancing an artificial garland with natural materials is a happy compromise, making a more realistic looking garland, and at the same time, gives you a base and starting point for a garland for your mantel or table.

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I had several emails and comments inquiring about my

garland on my Pfaltzgraff Falling Leaves Table.

I started with a 6 foot artificial garland as a base,

that was a little sad and in need of enhancing. . .

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I collected some dried hydrangea blooms, cut some oak leaves, and trimmed some burgundy tipped Loropetalum.

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I found some espresso colored burlap ribbon at Hobby Lobby along with some grapevine pumpkin picks.

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I started with the ribbon, winding it through the garland and then added the pumpkins and then hydrangeas.

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Next came addition of the oak leaves and greenery. I didn’t attach anything permanently since I planned on replacing the leaves and greenery as they dried, rearranging and tweaking the garland during the season.

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 You can use a glue gun to add your natural

materials to hold them in place permanently or even

 semi-permanently with a minimum amount of glue.

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This is an easy project to do once you’ve collected your materials. Let your flowers or leaves naturally fill in the gaps for a more realistic and fuller garland to use on a table or mantel!

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Set your table for Fall

with Pfaltzgraff~

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Autumn Abounds Party

Grandiflora~ A Celebration of Blooms at the Table

I have tablescapes languishing deep in the archives~ I thought I’d revisit and share one a month~

This table is from April 2011, the salad plates are still some of my  favorite blooming dishes and the quilt is one I’ve used most recently for Easter with a runner.

I hope you enjoy revisiting a celebration of blooms at the table!

I picked a bouquet of flowers from Pottery Barn

to bring the garden to the table~

I can enjoy Magnolia blossoms

now instead of June. . .

 My Bridal Wreath Spirea is at the table

woven around the handle of a watering can~

Ready to sprinkle on the delicate

fields of flowers sprouting on my quilt~

 

Tulips are blooming. . .

Hydrangeas are flowering. . .

And the Harbinger of Spring, Daffodils,

have arrived in the form of a platter & plate,

used most recently to Spring Forward.

  

A few visitors have arrived

from the garden. . .

Moving at a snail’s pace,

in the form of napkin rings~

 And buzzing around the flatware~

 

Floral Salad Plates & Snail Napkin Rings/ Pottery Barn

 Green Dinner Plates & Goblets/ HomeGoods

Ivory Chargers/Matceramica/HomeGoods

Rattan Chargers/ World Market

Napoleon Bee Flatware/ Horchow

Napkins/Stein Mart

 Hoping your garden will soon be

brimming with bulbs & blooms!

 

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A Star-Spangled Celebration

A Reprise of our Independence Day Celebration last year~ complete with a Star-Spangled Menu!

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A 4th of July Table with simple white dishes and red & blue accents~ where the food and the party favors are the stars & stripes. . . to celebrate Independence Day~

On the fourth, there will be 17 of us celebrating family members’ and Uncle Sam’s birthday~ while enjoying food, some boating fun, & fireworks on the lake.

I found these little vintage greetings-inspired buckets at World Market last summer and thought they would make the perfect pails for party favors.

A trip to Dollar Tree kept me from liberating all of the cash from my wallet~ where I filled my pails with Red, White, & Blue goodies. . . including a battery operated Fan, Patriotic Tootsie Roll Midgees & Pops, mini Flags and Sparklers.

A family favorite~ Our Flag Was Still There Fruit Pizza

A cookie dough crust using Pillsbury refrigerated cookie dough~ sugar cookie or our preference, chocolate chip~ with a layer of sweetened cream cheese, and the fruit of your choice. Brush apple or apricot preserves over the top of the fruit if desired. Fun to make in a flag formation with blueberries, cream cheese and red grape/raspberry stripes, but we enjoy maximum fruit!

 

Land of the Free Lemonade~ recipe courtesy Southern Living

A refreshing combination of pureed watermelon & lemonade~ garnished with some watermelon stars and with the addition of some blueberries~

Quench your thirst with an adult version, by adding citron vodka~ just sip sloooowly through your straw :-)

What So Proudly We Hailed Watermelon Cupcakes

I had a trial run at these”cupcakes” with my nephews who were visiting this past weekend. The reviews were mixed~ with the adults more impressed than the boys.  Since I pledge allegiance to any frosting~ the best part of a cupcake to me~ watermelon was a surprising & fun frosting-delivery method :-)

I cut pieces of seedless watermelon with a cookie cutter the approximate size of the cupcake liner~ added pineapple cream cheese frosting and decorated with sprinkles. After punching the watermelon pieces out, I placed them on paper towels to absorb some excess moisture, then put a little piece of wax paper in the bottom of the paper wrapper to prevent the “cupcakes” from weeping through the decorative liners. Next time, I’ll make them & frost ahead and put in the liners at the last minute~

 Dawn’s Early Light Pretzel Sparklers~ sure to be extinguished quickly :-)

Pretzel Sparklers, directions courtesy Martha Stewart

 I found these festive metal pails in the dollar bins at Super Target~

Oh, Say Can You See Table details:

Napkins/ Kohl’s

Plates/ Oneida Westerly Basket

Flatware & Placemats/ HomeGoods

Matelasse Coverlet used for tablecloth

Vintage Greetings-Inspired Pails, Hobnail Pitcher & Glasses/ World Market

Metal Patriotic Pails/ SuperTarget

Blue Goblets/ Dollar Tree

A Star- Spangled Menu

 Banner Yet Wave Burgers

Home of the Brave Hotdogs

Broad Stripes Broccoli Salad

Bright Stars Baked Beans

Rocket’s Red Glare Potato Salad

Proof Through the Night Pasta Salad

Our Flag Was Still There Fruit Pizza

What So Proudly We Hailed Watermelon Cupcakes

Dawn’s Early Light Pretzel Sparklers

Land of the Free Lemonade

 

Wishing you a Safe & Happy 4th~

with Liberty & Potato Salad for All!

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Memorial Day from Stem to Stern

 

 Memorial Day kicks off Boating Season at the Lake!

A reprise of our Memorial Day Fun from last year’s  celebration~

I hope you don’t mind weighing anchor with me again :-)

In anticipation of boating over the course of the long holiday weekend, I decorated the pontoon for fun. . .

. . .from Stem to Stern. . .

 including a few stems in a mason jar!

A few pillows. . .

Some Red,White & Blue to dine with. . .

A beverage tub filled with drinks to keep us hydrated. . .

 A breezy day as you can see, with the wind whipping the flags~

Of course Memorial Day has a much more important significance than boating & picnics. . .  it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in military service.

First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.

A day to recognize, reflect, and remember

how fortunate we are to live in freedom.

We’re celebrating with a flag formation of Watermelon, Feta, and a side of Blueberries~

The creamy, salty cheese is the perfect partner to the sweet, juicy melon.

I found this idea in Southern Living Magazine where Foods Editor, Scott Jones, fondly remembers the BBQ Sundae served at the Rebel Barn BBQ in Oxford, Mississippi.

 An entrée, not dessert, the sundae layers pork, slaw, and baked beans, all covered in thick, sweet red sauce, or Lexington-Style sauce in our case.

Perfect and portable for tailgating or picnicking~

My husband smokes a “Boston Butt”, “Picnic Roast”, “Pork Shoulder” or “Shoulder Blade Roast” ~ all names for shoulder cuts that make great pulled pork.

Our pork shoulder is brined for 24-48 hours, depending on the size & how organized we are :-) . . . in a mixture of ½ cup of pickling salt (which dissolves in cold water), 2 quarts of water and ¾ c of molasses.

 Remove from the brine, blot with paper towels, brush on olive oil, and liberally add a dry rub/seasoning blend of brown sugar, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder etc.

Smoke at 225 degrees over lump charcoal with some soaked hickory or apple wood chips for about 1  1/2 hours per pound. Remove from smoker, wrap in foil and let stand an hour. It should fall apart, with all the fat melted away :-)

Stem to Stern Boating Details:

Picnic Caddy, Salt & Pepper Napkin Holder/ Pottery Barn, last year

Napkins, Plates, Cups/Kohl’s, last year

Flatware & Placemats /HomeGoods, several  years ago

RW&B straws/ Dollar Tree, last year

Beverage Tub/ Target, last year

However you celebrate, spend a few moments to remember and give thanks for those who serve & protect us . . .

Wishing you a Safe & Happy Memorial Day!

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My Grandmother’s Flower Garden

I’m reposting this table, in honor of Mother’s Day and my Grandmother’s May 20th birthday~

I hope you don’t mind seeing it again!

 This quilt came by way of my grandmother~

The quilter’s identity is uncertain~ but my mother thinks it was quilted by my grandmother’s neighbor and best friend, Mrs. Crute~ known to us as “Crutie” :-)

 The hexagon quilt pattern is known by several names. . . French Bouquet, French Rose Garden, Hexagon Flower Garden, or more commonly, Grandmother’s Flower Garden.

My maternal grandmother, Lottie, was born in 1901. She was one of nine children and raised her three younger brothers after her mother died. She married at the age of 26 (an old maid in 1927!) and attended Elon College (now University) for one year. She passed away in 1993.

I brought my Grandmother’s (x 2 :-) Flower Garden Quilt outdoors to set this table~ in honor of her birthday and to celebrate my reunion with her quilt~

 The little hexagons of calico are breathing a deep sigh . . .

. . .  enjoying the fresh air and mingling with the other blooms & flower prints on the teacups & china.

My Grandmother’s favorite flowers were roses. I can remember her filling vases after cutting them first thing in the morning.

There are no roses in my garden, but rose-folded napkins are tucked into tea cups along with roses climbing across the china, that once upon a time, belonged to her sister, Eva.

A demitasse spoon, disguised as a silver leaf, is tucked into the rose folds of the napkin~

You can find an easy-to-follow & beautiful tutorial for these rosette folded napkins from Yvonne at StoneGable here.

I piped frosting onto little brownie bites I picked up from Target’s bakery and added some edible (organic!) violas to embellish them for a quick, sweet treat~

 My grandmother confessed she never had a tea set and always wanted one, prompting her to buy one for my sister and me to use when we visited.

We have fond memories of her making our breakfast. . . she would serve our juice and scrambled eggs on our little plates and cups.

It’s hard to say who enjoyed it more . . . us eating off of it, or my grandmother playing with it as she prepared our breakfast and served it :-)

And remarkably, after 40 plus years, it is still intact except for one missing saucer and one plate that was painstakingly glued back together many years ago.

 Hexagon quilts made in the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern, contain a center hexagon~ traditionally yellow~ to represent the flower’s center. The flower center is circled by six colorful printed or solid hexagons with another row of 12 hexagons surrounding the six. This quilt pattern blossomed in popularity in the thirties~ it’s easy to see how the calico prints forming cheery garden flowers would brighten one’s day in a depression-era time.

 I was thrilled to have found lilacs sold in bundles at Trader Joe’s last year in May when I set this table. . . a surprise as delightful to me as their fragrance . . . and the only way to enjoy them here since our climate is too hot to grow them.

 

I stacked two plates with an inverted tea cup on a pedestal to serve these little flower bites~

 Open Face Cucumber Sandwiches are decorated with more edible violas along with parsley & basil~

“Collecting can start with the jog of a childhood memory—perhaps a swirl of rosebuds recalls some long-ago cup in which an adored grandmother offered you a bit of sweet, milky tea scenting with cinnamon.” ~ The Essential Tea Companion

Flower Garden Table Details:

Dishes~ G. Demartine & Cie

Portmeirion Botanic Garden Flatware~ HomeGoods

Leaf Demitasse Spoons~ Two’s Company~ Tuesday Morning

Assorted Tea Cups & Tea Pots~ HomeGoods

Napkins~ Pier 1

White Plates (as chargers) & Pedestal~ Maxera Cora Blanca~ HomeGoods

Vintage Chintz Pitcher~ Gracie China~ HomeGoods

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A Teeny Bit of Table Inspiration

Michael Lee West has cooked more delicious fun in

 A Teeny Bit of Troublethe second installment and follow-up to Gone With a Handsomer Man!

Lately I’ve been reacquainting myself and

Tasting with Teeny Templeton!

Since I’ve been following Teeny’s troubles~ I’ve been engrossed by Peaches, Red Velvet Cakes, a Bulldog named Sir, and lethal and imaginary recipes.

I’m reposting a table, from last year, inspired by

Gone With a Handsomer Man~

I hope you don’t mind a second helping :)

 

A Teeny bit of table inspiration from

 Gone with a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West~

Besides some table inspiration, GWAHM provided me with lots of laughs from the cast of quirky characters, along with some major food cravings~

Teeny Templeton, is an out of work pastry chef who cuts her own hair, does her own nails, and prefers cotton over silk.

She sets the table with some blue & white floral dishes, which had me promptly reaching for a set I received as a gift.

Teeny:

“I set the patio table with blue-and-white floral dishes, added a vase filled with hydrangeas. . .”

There are no hydrangeas at my table, but my peonies have just begun to bloom~

Villeroy & Boch “Switch 3″ Dinnerware, a mix and match collection, allows you to combine patterns to personalize your table~

 

The Cordoba dinner plate has a bird and flower design, reminiscent of Portuguese tiles~

 The Castell salad plates have a checkerboard motif,  a pattern perfect for the countryside, or lakeside~

I added hobnail glasses to the table that Teeny’s Aunt Bluette might have served Iced Tea in~

Iced Tea that a girl from a Peach Farm would love~

Summer Peach Tea Punch~

~made with tea, peach nectar, ginger ale, lemonade, simple syrup and club soda.

~recipe courtesy Southern Living here.

 

 I eliminated the simple syrup and used diet ginger ale to cut out some of the sugar~

* gasp*

I know, we tend to drink our tea so sweet in the South it makes your teeth ache :)

Teeny picks up dinner at the grocery store:

 “I came out with an apple walnut salad with raspberry vinaigrette, a wedge of brie, and a cheesecake sampler.”

An Apple Walnut Salad~ sliced apples, walnuts, dried cranberries, & blue cheese crumbles on a bed of baby lettuces.

 While Teeny’s salad is dressed with raspberry vinaigrette, we enjoyed Light Cranberry Walnut dressing, straight from the bottle ~

We skipped the cheesecake sampler and saved our calories for Brie~

 Brie in Puff Pastry, recipes & videos courtesy Pepperidge Farm, here.

Coop:

“ ‘I love how your mind works, Teeny. Like a bird hopping from twig to twig, never losing sight of the worm.’ ”

 Enjoy Gone with a Handsomer Man and A Teeny Bit of Trouble and help yourself to some Southern Flavor, Food & Fun~

 “Teeny” table details:

Placemats & Napkins/ Bed, Bath & Beyond/last year

Blue Goblets/ Dollar Tree

  Villeroy & Boch “Switch 3″ Dinnerware/HomeGoods

Trays /HomeGoods

Hobnail Glasses & Pitcher/ World Market last year

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Return to a Winter World

 

Winter World **** by Bernd Heinrich

I’m  reposting this book review from last year for Food for Thought, which I’m thrilled about returning, with our first book selection Friday, Jan. 20th~ The Night Circus!

Next up is Chocolate Chocolate: The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Shop That Could ~ a book chocoholics can sink their teeth into & perfect with Valentine’s Day on the horizon! Join us Friday, February 3rd to satisfy your sweet tooth & your reading enjoyment!

The weather outside is frightful . . . while we thankfully have not had as much snow as the Northeast, it’s been colder than normal here in the sunny South. Snowbound, I had the perfect excuse to stay indoors and read a couple of weeks ago. This book provided *interesting reading while I was tucked away, cozy indoors, watching the birds and wondering how nature adapts to the frigid temperatures and winter landscape.

(*interesting reading for those defined as a bit of a Discovery Channel or Animal Planet geek :-)

“From flying hot-blooded squirrels and diminutive kinglets to sleeping black bears and torpid turtles to frozen insects and frogs, the animal kingdom relies on staggering evolutionary innovations to survive winter. Unlike their human counterparts, who alter the environment to accommodate physical limitations, most animals are adapted to an amazing range of conditions. In Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival, biologist, illustrator, and award-winning author Bernd Heinrich explores his local woods, where he delights in the seemingly infinite feats of animal inventiveness he discovers there.”

“Because winter drastically affects the most elemental component of all life — water — radical changes in a creature’s physiology and behavior must take place to match the demands of the environment. Some creatures survive by developing antifreeze; others must remain in constant motion to maintain their high body temperatures. Even if animals can avoid freezing to death, they must still manage to find food in a time of scarcity, or store it from a time of plenty.”

“Beautifully illustrated throughout with the author’s delicate drawings and infused by his inexhaustible enchantment with nature, Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival awakens the wonders and mysteries by which nature sustains herself through winter’s harsh, cruel exigencies.”

 I set a Winter World-inspired table with pine cones, lichen covered branches, moss & a few nuts for foraging squirrels. . . on a landscape made of a jute runner layered on a snowy white quilt.

“Perhaps none depends on snow more than the snowshoe hare. The size of this hare’s tracks are out of proportion to the animal’s size. As a result of its low foot-loading, the hare can walk, hop and run very near the top of the fluffiest snow. As a consequence, the more that snow accumulates, throughout the winter, the more easily the hare can reach its food, the fresh twigs of small trees and brush.”

Woodland botanicals, snowy white orbs, and branches fill my lanterns on the table. . .

Rock Salt is sprinkled to mimic an icy coating, rather than to melt the snow on the sidewalk :-)

I was surprised to learn that Crossbills often lay their eggs in winter, so they are able to raise their young when the seeds of spruce or pine cones are most plentiful.

Heinrich is a scientist with a talent for relating his love for nature, his appetite for discovery, and his humorous insights in a fashion that is enjoyable for the reader.

My appetite led me to Pine Cone Cheese for Food for Thought, you can find a recipe here.

Winter can be difficult for birds when the days are short and nights are often cold and long. The natural food supply has been consumed or is hidden by snow.  Water can be hard to find, and food needed to provide the energy to keep birds warm might be scarce.

Food for Thought also led me to make pine cone bird treats for our feathered friends. . . snowy day fun for kids if you have the materials on hand, with a recipe found here.

 Winter World Table details:

Bird Dishes: Gracie China/Home Goods

White Plates: Oneida Westerly Basket

Jute Runner & Napkins: Pottery Barn

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A Return Visit from St. Nicholas

A Return Visit from St. Nicholas from last year~

Wishing you the Merriest of Christmases!

My pattern, St. Nicholas, by Fitz & Floyd,

Retired many years, breaking I hope to avoid~

The plates show St. Nick decorating the tree~

His fondness for musical sounds, you can see.

Drums, horns, as well as bells too,

 Are placed on the tree all in plain view~

Beaded garland is swagged & placed just so,

Candles lit on the tree cast a warm glow~

A candy cane here, a star placed there,

A Reindeer helper is doing his share.

The mice are not stirring, they’re sleeping instead~

The shaker set holder, a shoe for their bed~

The crackers are placed along side each plate~

When pulling apart, a snap they create~

 Crab apples, cranberries & nuts fill my vases~

 Once again on my table, keeping their places.

Several weeks they will last, a bit of nature they add~

A glimpse of last week’s table here can be had.

Coffee is brewed & ready to pour,

 Help yourself to a cup, there is plenty more~

A stocking is hung on the sideboard with care,

 My hope that St. Nick will look for it there~

The placemats are beaded, they sparkle & shine~

I saw them at Home Goods & said to myself, “Mine!”

 They leapt from the aisle, right into my cart~

For the economy, I am doing my part :-)

Reindeer hold candles, which ones I don’t know,

Maybe Dasher? or Dancer?  providing a glow~

Prancer?  or Vixen? I don’t know their names,

I’m ashamed to admit, they all look the same~

The stump of Nick’s pipe is lit you can see,

By evidence of smoke rising next to the tree~

A sweet Chocolate is placed at each setting too,

 Images many & dear, look here to view~

The glass how it twinkles, reflections how merry,

Venetian Goblets, a shade between roses & cherry~

Only for moments I turned from the table,

Hearing prancing & pawing, I came as quickly as able~

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But my own treasured book, complete with reindeer~

Plucked from my shelf, placed directly in view,

Comet? or Cupid? wish me to share pages with you~

The Night Before Christmas

by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Christian Birmingham

In 1822, a New York clergyman named Clement Clarke Moore spun together Christmas memories for his children. The poem he wrote featured a red-suited Santa in a reindeer-drawn sleigh, a never-empty sack of toys, and stockings hung expectantly above the fireplace. He called it “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” and it was then published anonymously in a newspaper in Troy, New York. It captured the public’s imagination. The poem’s opening line—“ ‘Twas the night before Christmas” soon replaced the original title.

A joy to read aloud, Moore’s poem has endured. Beginning in hushed suspense, the poem builds to a dramatic crescendo as the rollicking verses usher in the mysterious midnight visitor.

A tale of anticipation and wonder, “The Night Before Christmas” has become a holiday tradition in itself for many families.

Up to my sideboard, the coursers they flew~

St. Nick’s Milk & Cookies, help yourself to some too :-)

If I don’t see you again before Christmas Day,

May your wishes & dreams be delivered by sleigh!

Thank you for your visit & thanks to my hostesses:

Enjoy the reading of this classic holiday tale

 by Dick Van Dyke~