Monday, June 25, 2007

June Christmas preparations

Each month on the 25th, I will tell you about things I am working on for Christmas. This month it is a stocking from Margaret & Margaret. There are two series of stockings made by this designer. I had to pick which to make and I decided on "The Night Before Christmas" series since it is very American. There are six stockings in this series. I made stocking number one about two Christmas' ago. I started on the second one now. I want to hang this series on the plate rack which is on both sides of our wood stove in the living room. For any of you who may not know this wonderful poem and for those of you who, like me, just love reading it over and over.....

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 the 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 the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
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, 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 dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top 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 peddler, 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 of 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 bowlful 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!"


staci said...

What a great idea to work on Christmas projects on the 25th of every month!!! I may have to borrow that idea :) Loved your 4th of July pinkeep, very festive!

Lizzie said...

Thank you so much for the glimpse into Christmas. Its my favorite time of year, and just looking at your beautiful stocking and reading the Night Before Christmas made me all excited for "Christmas in July"... at least they used to run Christmas movie marathons in July- I hope they still do!

Anonymous said...

I love this! Beautiful! Makes me want to try it! Love you Aunt Heidi!

siobhan said...

I love this stocking series, too. I look forward to watching your progress!

Tanya said...

Oh how I love that poem, Heidi. Can't believe how fast Christmas is approaching.

DaisyGirl said...

You put me in the Christmas Spirit! I always start listening to Christmas music in July to help prepare myself for the upcoming hloidays! I can't believe we are just 6 months away! I've got to get busy on presents for the family!
Loved the museum pictures!