Merry Christmas Eve!
I hope you’ve wrapped up all your Christmas preparations and are sitting back enjoying your favorite Christmas movies.
I’ve had a few of comments asking if I would share some close ups of our Christmas tree that’s twinkling in the background behind my Cardinal Christmas Table.
It’s not a theme tree, rather a tree with ornaments collected over 25+ years. Many of the ornaments are Radko, received as gifts from my hubby, family or friends through the years.
Santa travels by car rather than sleigh to our house! My how time speeds by. . . this car ornament has been hanging around on the tree since 1999 according to the date on the license plate.
There are other merry motoring ornaments on the tree (you can take a closer look at the ornaments at Merry Motoring Table, HERE. )
There are Santas on the tree. . .
Gardening theme ornaments. . .
“Flower Power” Nick is toting a shovel and holding a flower pot . .
A wheelbarrow. . .
This snowman with a Courtly Check owl is from MacKenzie-Childs, several years ago.
And there are some nautical-theme ornaments.
Other ornaments add a little whimsy. . .
This short, squat nutcracker is one of my favorite ornaments and always brings a smile to my face. . .
I’ve highlighted some ornaments to share along with a holiday tradition and poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas“, or more commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore.
From our home to yours, wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
Beautiful, Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas, your posts are so relaxing and enjoyable to read.
I just loved this post! Gorgeous ornaments to match the poem!
You are so talented and definitely my favorite page! Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing your beautiful home!
What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your beautiful ornaments and the telling of the old classic poem. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and thank you for another year of amazing blog posts,
Thank you…. Merry Christmas.
Delightful! Thank you for sharing, Mary. Happy Christmas Merry Everything!!!
Exquisite! Lovely post and the most perfect way to start my day as I prepare for our upcoming Christmas Eve celebration. Thank you for your inspiration throughout the year!! ❤️
P.S. is that an artificial tree and if so may I ask which kind it is? I’m looking to purchase one :)
Thank you Linda! Yes, it’s a GE 7.5 ft. Just Cut Canadian 1-Plug Christmas Tree. It came from Home Depot last year and we’ve been very happy with it so far. Merry Christmas 🎄
Thank you Mary and Merry Christmas!!🎄❤️
Thank you for sharing all throughout the Christmas season~Merry Christmas~I’m sure Lola and Sophie are looking for Santa tonight.
Oh my! You had my attention right from the first ornament of the man talking on the old phone…Such beautiful ornaments. If I was at your house, I would probably stand and look at each one all day long! Thankyou for sharing your tree. A beautiful post first thing on Christmas Eve morning.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Thank you so much Colleen. ♥ The ornament is George Bailey from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. Merry Christmas🎄
Beautiful! Merry Christmas!
Thank you for spreading all of your Christmas cheer. Loved every post……
Hugs to Lola and Sophie.
Blessings to you and your family!
Magical🎄 Merry Christmas 🎁
Merry Christmas,Mary! That’s an impressive collection of Radko ornaments on your tree. 😍 So pretty and I always love the Night Before Christmas poem. Thanks for your heart warming post today and always.
What a lovely post. Your ornament collection is beautiful. I love the George Bailey ornament. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
A beautiful post. Everything is beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Absolutely stunning! So many beautiful Santa ornaments!
I love your ornaments! They are all beautiful! Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas to you and your family including Lola and Sophie! Such a beautiful tree and ornaments!
I have followed your blog for years. Always beautifully written, styled and photographed! Thank you for sharing your tree, which truly captures the magic of Christmas. Merry Christmas!🎄🎅🏻🎄
Wishing you and your loved ones joy and happiness. Thank you for bringing a smile to my face all year long.
What a beautiful collection of ornaments! Merry Christmas!
Showcasing your ornaments with “The Night Before Christmas “ was brilliant. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Mary, your tree filled with Radkos is so beautiful. Themed trees are nice, but trees filled with memories are the best. Merry Christmas ❤️
Merry Christmas and thanks for the wonderful post.
GORGEOUS!!! I knew that was George Bailey …my favorite Christmas movie!!! Merry Christmas!!!
Merry Christmas to you and your family Mary. I love this very special post.
That was wonderful! Thank you! And what a beautiful tree! Merry Christmas!
They are exquisite and wonderful memory keepers!! MERRY!! franki
Gorgeous ornaments and a lovely tribute to the ageless Clement Clark Moore poem. Thank you for sharing your home and your memories. Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas Mary, we had our Christmas Eve Dinner and then to Church for a beautiful service so I am just sitting down to look at todays post. My island I’d full of just washed china, glasses and flatware but a little room for me and my iPad.Your tree is perfectly beautiful and your husband quite the guy for giving you all those beautiful Christopher Radko Ornaments. When my children were little we would always read “The Night Before Christmas” at bedtime on Christmas Eve. Thank you for your ornament illustration of the poem.
I could sit and stare at your tree all day long. Thank you for sharing it. Merry Christmas!
Beautiful. Merry Christmas!
What a bright & festive tree! I too am a lover of glass ornaments, and yours look spectacular on the tree. Many Christmas blessings to you and your family!
Such awesome beauty and talent, Mary!!!! Thank you for sharing this lovely collection! Julie W.
What a beautiful array of treasured ornaments, Mary! You get double the pleasure with the reflection in your mirror. Reading along ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with your pretty ornaments was a delight! Merry Christmas! ❤️🎄❤️
Thanks Mary! The ornaments are spectacular! Merry Christmas and best wishes for a wonderful New Year!
Beautiful, fun and deep into the spirit of sharing all that is good in the world, it’s been a pleasure visiting and knowing you since your very first blog post, wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas!
Exquisite tree Mary! Love your delicate, colorful ornaments! Radko is so talented & so are you. Your gift of inspiration & beautiful ideas is greatly appreciated! It’s a lot of work and we thank you for each post throughout the year. Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas! Clara♥️🎄🎅
Have a Very Merry Christmas Mary
You do everything so well and are a true inspiration!
Merry Christmas! 🎄
You have a delightful collection of ornaments! I love those multi colored glass garlands too. Wishing you and your husband a Very Merry Christmas!
Simply Beautiful! I just Live this!
🎄Simply Stunning! Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Looking forward to 2020!
Beautiful! I am Christmas obsessed this year. Wishing you very merry Christmas!
Such a beautiful Christmas Eve post! Thank You for all your beautiful posts throughout the year…each one is an inspiration in some way. Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas!
Beautiful 🎄 and post thank you and Merry Christmas to you & yours!
This was a beautiful Christmas gift to fill our souls with JOY! Thank you so much and Merry Christmas!!!
When I look around me and thank God for what I get to experience and enjoy today I thank God for you Mary! What a wonderful way to start my Christmas Eve! Such a special beautiful composition…each ornament is exquisite in its own right and then you share them with us in a story. Thank you Mary and God bless.
Such a beautiful tree and awesome collection, I knew that was George! I especially love Nautical Nick And Santa on the blue moon and puffy cloud! The tree reflecting in the mirror makes a lovely scene with all of the hanging greenery. Very special Mary, just as you are! A blessed Christmas to you, your hubby and the sweet fur-babies! ♥️🐾🎄
Twas the Night Before Christmas! Just Beautiful..Have a Very Merry Christmas!
Oh Mary, so clever to match your ornaments with the Christmas poem. What a delight to see all (some!) your ornaments up close and personal. All are so beautifully detailed and unique, especially the topper. I’ve never seen a topper like yours and so many different Santas. A real treat for me this morning. Thank you for adding the Manger ornament, it wouldn’t be Christmas without one on the tree. Merry Christmas!
Mary, your tree is just gorgeous! Have a wonderful Christmas 🎄🤶🏻
Thank you, thank you, thank you it’s breathtaking. Mostly, I am so grateful for your inspirations throughout the year.
Beautiful ornaments! I love the gardening Santa! Thank you for all your hard work and for all the inspiration and so many great ideas! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
What a most beautiful collection of ornaments! Merry Christmas to you and your family Mary!!
Beautiful tree !!! Thank you for the “Night Before Christmas” it was wonderful !!
I was looking for a cookie recipe and found one that I printed off from you in 2015 !! We’ve been friends for years, haha!
Merry Christmas to you and your family !!
Beautiful collection. Is the first ornament George Bailey from “Its a wonderful life”?
Merry Christmas! I sure enjoy your blog and all of your creative ideas.
I don’t often comment but love your blog and read it faithfully.Thank you for all the effort you put into sharing with us.A very Merry Holiday and Happy New year to you and yours.
The tree is so beautiful and you have put it together so well
Merry Christmas from Australia
Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year. I enjoy your postings so much I adore the puppies too. So cute and cuddly. May your 2020 be bright and shining and happy and healthy and Blessed Best Wishes Carole M
Merry Christmas, Mary! We didn’t even put up a tree this year, so seeing your tree and close-ups of your wonderful ornaments was a special treat. Thank you.
BEAUTIFUL ORNAMENTS! MERRY CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS 2020
Your tree is stunningly beautiful and your ornaments gorgeous….How clever of you to use them to illustrate this beloved poem…Merry Christmas, Mary!
Such a beautiful tree with all those delicate glass ornaments. I love the swags of bead trim and the ornament hooks are the prettiest I have ever seen. Where did you get those? They are so much nicer than the plain silver ones!
You are so kind to give the gift of sharing not just during the holiday season, but throughout the entire year. Spreading cheer all year long could be your tag line!
Such a festive and joyful tree. I absolutely adore the George Bailey ornament. What a terrific find!
I hope Santa Paws found his way down your chimney. It was our new rescue Lab’s first Christmas, and she is thrilled, even if she has no idea how many dog and bone ornaments are on the tree!
Happy holidays! 🎄🎁⛄❄
Thank you so much for your sweet comment and visits Betsy! Santa Paws did in fact find his way down the chimney and visit the girls :) 🐾🐾 Wishing you and your rescue pup and family a very Merry Christmas week!🎄
Beautiful post!🥰 Thank you for sharing so much decorating inspiration all year long, I appreciate you!❤️ Merry Christmas!🎄
I am in awe of your beautiful collection of ornaments! Merry Christmas, Mary!
Mary, thank you for sharing the close up photos of each of these ornaments. Our tree is also one filled with ornaments collected over decades plus some from our chidhoods, I always like to admire other’s Christmas trees during the season. It takes years to create such a special collection, and I like to take in the beauty of the different ornaments. I visited a friend last week whose tree is covered in fabulous needlepoint ornaments she has stitched over decades and she mixed in her collection of exquisite Radko ornaments. The sparkle was amazing! Love this post and the clever way you presented these stunning ornaments. Christmas love sent your way.
Your tree is over the top fabulous Mary! Gorgeous and wonderful ornaments! I hope you are having a Merry week!
As always, your blog is so inspiringly beautiful. These are my favorite “Kind” of trees…ones with lots of memories attached to each little ornament. Meaningful and sentimental goes much deeper that the decorator trees. Love all your posts, but this one is just delightful . I hope you know all your hard work is much appreciated and your home & family is loved by those whom you have never met! Merry Christmas with love and hugs, – Alda
This is so fun Mary – I love the ornaments with the story! You’re so creative and talented! Hope you had a lovely lovely Christmas, and that your holidays continue! ❤
Mary, My husbands Birthday is December 26 and I have tried and tried to find a ornament with Santa resting and the date Dec. 26 on the ornament. You have shown it a couple years now and I love it, but no stores ever know what I’m talking about and I can’t find it online. Can you help me? Who made it, or where did you find it? Thank you so much for your help in advance. Happy New Year! Love your Blog! Pam
Hi Pam, It’s a Christopher Radko, it’s now retired. There were a couple of sizes available. I found one on eBay here: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Christopher-Radko-Ornament-December-Dec-26-Santa-Claus-Off-Day-Vacation-With-Cat/383326405055?hash=item594008c1bf:g:UHgAAOSwzwRd-o1f
Thank you so much for the information! I ordered it tonight! I’m so excited! I can’t wait to get it. Thank you for your help, I greatly appreciate it. Pam
Hi Mary and happy new year! I am trying to catch up on blogs today as Christmas week was crazy for me. My daughter had surgery and I had to stay with her and I was sick…etc, etc. THANK YOU for every single post throughout the year. I know how much time and effort it takes and all of your readers truly appreciate it. I am thinking of taking a break from blogging as I don’t seem to have many followers anymore. I WILL continue to follow and read all my favorite blogs with yours at the top of my list. XO, Pinky
Just getting around to catching up on my emails and blog posts! I absolutely love your collection of ornaments on your tree! Happy New Year!
My daughter had surgery and I had to stay with her and I was sick…etc, etc. THANK YOU for every single post throughout the year. I know how much time and effort it takes and all of your readers truly appreciate it. I am thinking of taking a break from blogging as I don’t seem to have many followers anymore. I WILL continue to follow and read all my favorite blogs with yours at the top of my list. XO, Pinky
This is so fun Mary, I really love the ornaments with the story. Meaningful and sentimental goes much deeper that the decorator trees. Love all your posts, but this one is just delightful .The tree is so beautiful and you have put it together so well. you decor tree so beautiful.
Muy bonito el árbol. Me gustan mucho los adornos navideños vintage..