A Visit From St. Nicholas Christmas Table


A Christmas table for two, I set by the tree,

The lights all aglow, the twinkle to see.


Vases of fruit, with greenery and tartan,

Make a festive foundation and setting to hearten.


St. Nicholas Fitz and Floyd, received as a bride in the eighties,

Returns annually to our table for all Christmas gaieties.


Silver chargers are lined, with sprigs of Leyland cypress,

Beaded garland is then layered, providing some brightness.


Apples, oranges and cranberries, join nuts to fill vases,

And stay on my table, and keeping their places.


Several weeks they will last, some beauty they add,

Easily gathered and placed, pairing with plaid.


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.


Red garland is swagged and placed carefully,

Candles cast a warm glow, illuminating the tree.


A candy cane here, a star placed there,

A reindeer helper is doing his share.


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

By evidence of smoke rising next to the tree.


 More reindeer arrive, which ones I don’t know,

Maybe Dasher? or Dancer?  Raring to go!


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

Ready to join in Christmas reindeer games.


The glass how it twinkles, reflections how merry,

Red votives, a shade between roses and cherry.


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

The shaker set holder, a shoe for their bed.


Silver Reindeer-Sleigh Napkin Rings deliver more plaid,

Arriving from last week’s table, a view HERE to be had.



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

May all your wishes & dreams be delivered by sleigh!



Merry Christmas!


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  53 comments for “A Visit From St. Nicholas Christmas Table

  1. December 22, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Merry Christmas Mary! This is utterly delightful and your poem is fa la la fabulous! So much eye candy and wonderful details to enjoy!

  2. Nancy B
    December 22, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Amazing Mary! Your poem and beautiful pix makes me smile! Thank you so much!

  3. Leslie
    December 22, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Beautiful table setting for Christmas. Love the poem describing everything. Very creative! Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  4. Linda S Sink
    December 22, 2016 at 9:09 am

    You are my very favorite! I love your poem..it made me smile to start the day.I would love to see where you store all your treasures!

  5. Lynn Schantz
    December 22, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Mary, thank you for your wonderful posts, beautiful pictures and sharing the many talents in brightening people’s days who visit your site. May the fur babies, your husband and you have a wonderful Christmas.

  6. Karen
    December 22, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I have been on the hunt for Christmas dishes. I just want to find the right ones. I’ve been using white ones. Your setting today confirms that I need to really hunt!! Love your blog

  7. December 22, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Oh. My. Gawd. Mary, oh sweet Mary…girl you need to now sit down with a glass of wine, put your feet up and relax! You have entertained us for weeks with your glorious skills and decorative glory. You’ve taught us that beautiful table settings and awesome fun foods make our meals feel special. You take us on magical journeys every morning when we fall out of bed!!! Many anticipate the turn on of their computers for just this trip! I am one of those! You never disappoint
    So now relish in the spirit of Christmas and STOP working so hard. Time for you to sit back and appreciate your work….as we do!
    Merry Christmas sweet friend – Chloe and Gracie will thank you too!!

    (and how did u find candy bars in the cups? to match your dishes????)

  8. Kathi Layfield
    December 22, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Thank you for a year full of gifts that you have given us thru your awesome posts! I have followed you for several years and every post is like a new present to open!
    I always look forward to seeing them pop up in my mail box. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  9. December 22, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Beautful table Mary and loved the post. Your dishes are stunning and look so good with all your festive items.

    Merry Christmas to all.


  10. December 22, 2016 at 10:14 am

    So pretty, are those Reindeer from Fitz and Floyd? Love them and the little mice in their shoe bed. Charming!!

  11. Joy
    December 22, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Love the table and the poem! Have a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with blessings.

  12. Bev
    December 22, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I need those reindeer napkin ring holders! They really add to your tablescape. Thanks for the idea of greenery, apples, nuts, and oranges. I can do this.

  13. December 22, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Your tables-cape is beautiful. I love the China pattern. Are your reindeer Fitz & Floyd? I have two similar, but their candleholders. I enjoy them and a palate and a nice angel candleholder. I really enjoy all your ideas.
    Merry Christmas! 🎄

  14. Jo
    December 22, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Love every aspect of this holiday tablescape! Merry Christmas.

  15. December 22, 2016 at 11:29 am

    So pretty and inviting. Glad I found someone as entranced with reindeer as I am!

  16. Darlene Gardner
    December 22, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Love your table and your poetry! Merry Christmas Mary!

  17. December 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I have this same dinnerware and I love it. I love your pairing it with the plaid linens. Merry Christmas, Mary!

  18. Karen
    December 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    THE most beautiful Christmas table ever!!! Love it!!

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  20. Linda E.
    December 22, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks, Mary, for another beautiful table! Christmas blessings to you and your hubby, as well as Chloe and Gracie!

  21. Marion
    December 22, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Thank You for always sharing your beautiful home.

  22. Joan
    December 22, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Mary everything is beautiful.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS and a wonderful NEW YEAR

  23. Marilyn
    December 22, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Mary you always show such beautiful decorations,table settings etc.
    Have the Merriest Christmas.

  24. December 22, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Oh, goodness. I love Fitz and Floyd anything and everything — especially the Christmas “stuff” … Makes me swoon! ! !

  25. Jacklyn carney
    December 22, 2016 at 4:32 pm


    The holiday magic u spread is contagious!
    I wish u peaceful Christmas memories, Gods blessings to u and your family! 🙏 🎄 😇 🐾

  26. Sue
    December 22, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Oh Mary, what a charming poem and photo card, I mean post! Thank you so much for this special joy today and throughout the season, throughout the year. I so look forward to your posts, they bring such awe and joy…thank you and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  27. December 22, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    A fun and festive table Mary! I love your napkin rings! Merry Christmas, give The Girls a hug for me:@)

  28. emily
    December 22, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Merry Christmas, Mary! You are not only visually creative, but verbally as well! That is such a precious poem to go with the table setting!

  29. Paula
    December 22, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Merry Christmas !!!!!


  30. Marie
    December 22, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Mary, May your Christmas be filled with the company of loved ones and a generous amount of wonder and joy. Your posts are gifts to all of us, thank you. Marie

  31. December 23, 2016 at 6:22 am

    Mary, Your table for two is delightful and full of interesting treasures. Thank you for all the beauty and inspiration, and Merry Christmas to you and your family. Linda

  32. December 23, 2016 at 9:19 am

    What a beautiful table for two, Mary! I love your Christmas pattern from when you were a new bride. It’s timeless and I’m sure brings back memories every time you use it. Thanks for the rhyming words to each picture, which I enjoyed very much. Merry Christmas to you, your hubby and Chloe and Gracie!

  33. December 23, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Stunning as always. I do love those dishes, they must be real treasure, having them all these years! The little mice in the shoe is adorable, too! Merry Christmas!

  34. December 23, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Thank you for another beautiful table to wrap up this wonderful holiday season!!! I hope you get some rest after all this work you have done and shared with us. You never cease to amaze…and delight. Wishing you and yours a very merry and blessed Christmas!!! XO

  35. Martha Franks
    December 23, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Mary, if I had to chose just one blog, if would be you! Love your gardening, your recipes, your pups, your inspiring tablescapes. As soon as I finish reading, I go look for something in my house I can use in a new or remembered- from-the-past way. Merry Christmas to you and to your family!

  36. December 23, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Merry Christmas!!! A delightful and beautiful table for two…I always love Fitz and Floyd!

  37. Marie in AZ
    December 24, 2016 at 6:58 am

    So wonderful…this setting is chock-full of Christmas joy!! Thank you, Mary, for your lovely posts, day after day. I always look forward to each and every one. Have a bright and Merry Christmas!!!

    Some day you will have to share your storage tips with us! I would LOVE to know how you organize everything and keep tableware, accents, and accessories safe and sound.

  38. Ellen Stillabower
    December 24, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Gorgeous!! Love, love all the Fitz…your poem is right on…thank you for sharing..MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family!! ❤🎄❤🎄❤🎄

  39. December 24, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Just an absolutely beautiful Christmas tablescape! Merry Christmas to all! Looking forward to more wonderful things from Mary in the new year.

  40. Ellen
    December 24, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Your St. Nicholas Fitz and Floyd are treasures!! Thank-you for sharing this festive tablescape and delightful poem, absolutely perfect! I wish you and yours the Merriest of Christmas’s. I have so enjoyed every one of these beautiful posts leading up to Christmas. You have a gift and you share it so well. THANK-YOU!

  41. Cyndi Raines
    December 24, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Wow! So you are an Artist, Master Gardener, Tablescape Expert and now a Poet!! My oh my, how talented you are Miss Mary! We all LOVE every bit of you! lol. What a beautiful table especially with the twinkle lights behind and I too love anything Fitz and Floyd. Thank you Mary, have a joyous CHRISTmas and so looking forward to another creative fun-filled New Year with you! God bless you and your family and the sweet fur-babies!

  42. m'lin
    December 25, 2016 at 2:34 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Enjoy your creativity! Merry Christmas !

  43. December 25, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Lovely, lovely setting, Mary!! This is the first time I’ve seen this set of your F&F…very classic. The beaded garland is a neat touch to the charger, surrounded with greens. Very pretty!!
    Loved your rhyming, too.

  44. Karen
    December 26, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    Every bit of this setting is perfection!

  45. Sandy Park
    December 21, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Mary, thank you for another wonderful tablescape. I’m wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.

  46. Tracie
    December 20, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    Wow! How special and beautiful! I love it so much. Every detail is so pretty and inspiring. Merry Christmas!

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