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~

  26 comments for “A Return Visit from St. Nicholas

  1. Patricia
    December 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Thanks for posting this…It’s beautiful and I love Dick Van Dyke’s reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas.

  2. Marilyn
    December 21, 2011 at 10:09 am

    This post is just wonderful, you have out done your self,. thank you so much for a beautiful few moments out of my very busy day!!!!!!

  3. December 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Thank you for sharing the night before Christmas with us. Lovely lovely dishes and table. Your accessories are fabulous. Merry Christmas, xo marlis

  4. December 21, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Mary, thank you for sharing St. Nicholas again. You did such a clever script with this one, and the dishes are one of my favorites of all the Christmas china. None here, but I enjoy it at a friend’s home each season. So classic! Thinking of your friendship with love in my heart. ~ Sarah

  5. December 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    So beautiful, Mary! And I love the poem! All, as usual, very creative and beautiful. Love your dishes; hadn’t seen that pattern. And the F&F platter is gorgeous! Merry Christmas to you! I hope Santa found your stocking last year and finds it again this year.

  6. December 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    T’was the night before Pascuas and all through la casa…not a creature was stirring…caramba, que pasa?

    Mary, you have outdone yourself….again! I love your F&F dinner set…. I have 4 treasured FF salad/dessert plates that survived our fire of 2000….the patttern is a wreath of holly, golden berries and red bows called “Christmas Garland” ….
    Thank you for providing me with such beautiful ‘eye candy’ throughout the year!

    Merry, Merry Christmas, Mary!

  7. December 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Mary, this poem was fantastic, I love your F&F dishes, your table is breathtaking (LOVE the fruit in the glasses). I always enjoy my visits here. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year! I am sure Chloe and Gracie will get lots of treats and presents, too. xo

  8. December 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Mary , I remember this masterpiece ; I found it randomly in the web and I posted it on my Facebook wall …it is enchanting …My friends encouraged me to start my own blog and that is how I started .Thank you !
    I wish you and your family all the joy , hope and wonder of this magical season ! Merry , Merry Christmas !

  9. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    December 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Merry Christmas Mary, wishing you a wonderful one:@)

  10. December 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    What a magical setting this is! I love the dishes and those mice are the cutest S&P set! What darling prancing reindeer too. I’m so glad that your reposted this…I missed it before. Merry Christmas!

  11. December 21, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    So much to appreciate here. St Nick by Fritz and Floyd is certainly not retired in your house – beautiful. The Venetian glass goblets are divine (I splurged on the Venetian martini glasses and I love them!) Your cookies left from Santa is adorable. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas. ~CJ

  12. Nann from At Nann's Table
    December 22, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Love everything about your table. You ALWAYS do such a magnificent job. Your darling -St Nick flying through the air- cups just brings back fun childhood memories to me. Your plates and goblets are just beautiuful too. Hoping you have a WONDERFUL Christmas.

    Nann

  13. Pat
    December 22, 2011 at 3:01 am

    I love Fitz and Floyd china, Mary. Their patterns and accessories are always so whimsical, yet realistic!

    You always have the most joyous posts ..visiting your blog is like opening a gift on Christmas morning! Thanks for all you do.

    A very Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Hugs, Pat

  14. December 22, 2011 at 3:51 am

    It is always such a pleasure to visit your blog. Your poem is very creative and wonderful. Your photos are gorgeous.
    I send you and your family warm wishes for a very Merry Christmas and all the beauty of this joyful season.
    Merry Christmas.

  15. December 22, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Everything is just GORGEOUS, Mary! I love all the bright RED & sparkle & those dishes are TDF! As always, you’ve added your special little touches that make it “you”.
    Thanks for being such a wonderful inspiration this year.
    I’m still getting an email alert to all your postings but nothing comes through in the email. I have no idea why or what happened. *sigh* Computers!

    Have a wonderfully MERRY CHRISTmas!
    Hugs,
    Rett

    p.s. I hope to be able to join you & jain at Food for Thought again soon.

  16. December 22, 2011 at 11:06 am

    What a beautiful revisit! Love the prose ;) I have a different clip of Twas the Night before Christmas ready for my last Christmas post!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Mary!

  17. December 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    What a beautiful table and I love your dishes! Everything is so lovely and love the sweet poem. Merry Christmas and be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  18. December 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Beautiful updated rendition of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”, Mary! Only you could wax poetic in this magical way! I concur with every comment that your table is a sight to behold, and I hope that you and your family enjoy the wonder and blessings of this Christmas weekend.

  19. December 22, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I have these SAME DISHES, but only service for four, and then various other pieces working toward service for eight. I just adore them. I don’t have the other pieces that you have, so what fun I’ll have hunting down those darling reindeer candleholders. When I think back, my obsession with dishes started in college, and Fitz & Floyd has always been a favorite. Thank you for sharing this lovely table.

  20. December 22, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    It’s a beautiful table! I love the Fitz and Floyd pattern with Santa decorating the tree. My favorites are the dear mice who sleep in the shoe. How adorable! I also love the coffee service; the reindeer on the coffee cups are gorgeous as is that reindeer tray. I enjoyed each and every photo of this lovely post!

    Merry Christmas!

  21. December 22, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    What a wonderfully festive table…I love the way Santa looks like he’s peeking over the rim of the salad plate. I think my favorite part of the table are the vases filled with berries, nuts and apples, very pretty.
    Merry Christmas!

  22. December 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Your talents know no bounds! You are a POET too!!!! What gifts you have been given and I THANK YOU for shring them all with us. I am a huge F and F fan and your dishes are gorgeous as well as those reindeer. I have 2 similiar F andF reindeer on my coffee table in the living room flanking a F and F Santa. Are the cups and saucers at the coffee station the same pattern? I LOOOOOVE them! My Lenox dishes came with mugs, which is a little strange to me but they are beautiful too. I love all you little touches, you tables are always YOU! Thanks too for the gift of your friendship through blogging. Wishing you a merry and blessed Christmas, Mary. XO, Pinky

  23. December 23, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I love the tablesetting it’s just perfect and somehow has a traditional loving feeling to it…a beautiful dinnerset.Joyful blessings Mary to you and your family. Enjoy the festivities. xx

  24. December 26, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Love that set of china – so beautiful, so yes, please be careful!!!

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays. Merry Christmas.

    – The Tablescaper

  25. December 26, 2011 at 1:05 am

    This is great, Mary, and thanks for sharing! I have the exact same version of “The Night Before Christmas”. I think it’s one of the prettiest books I’ve seen. Your post has reminded me to read it again. :)

    Your dishes are lovely,
    Your verses are grand,
    Bet you’re keeping your ears tuned, for those reindeer to land.
    (Sorry, I couldn’t resist) :)

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  26. December 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous. I love, love, love your China pattern, so pretty. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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