Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Eve Tablescape: Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.
—Norman Vincent Peale


Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year - and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority.
—W. J. Cameron


'Twas Christmas broach'd the mightiest ale;
'Twas Christmas told the merriest tale;
A Christmas gambol oft could cheer
The poor man's heart through half the year.
—Walter Scott
 

Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!
—Hamilton Wright Mabie


Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.
—Author Unknown
 

For the spirit of Christmas fulfils the greatest hunger of mankind.
—Loring A. Schuler


What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.
—Agnes M. Pahro


At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year
—Thomas Tusser


Christmas - that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance - a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.
—Augusta E. Rundel


 A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away.
—Eva Logue


Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart... filled it, too, with melody that would last forever.
—Bess Streeter Aldrich


May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
—Ada V. Hendricks

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.  Stop by to see some amazingly creative tablescapes.

19 comments:

Nicki said...

Absolutely adore your bright and very festive tablescape and the accompanying quotations. Very Merry Christmas Maria & Family.

Marlis said...

What a lovely lovely table. I love the centerpieces. They are so classic and I just love that! Your dishes are perfect with the red. Love those napkins too and the quotes.. well they are perfect. Merry merry Christmas to you and yours. Hope your dreams came true! xo marlis

Alison Douglass Photography said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! Beautifully done and I love the quotes!

Angela2932 said...

Maria, beautiful tablescaping! I love the elegant touches, and absolutely perfect quotes between the photos!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Maria,
What a lovely Christmas table, really beautiful,
love your centerpcs, they are so traditional, and simple yet elegant. Very well done!
Also enjoyed the quotes and the music.

May the Lord bless you with a Wonderful New year,
Blessings, Nellie

Aledia said...

Hi!
I'm your newest follower :)
I just love your tablescape, it is perfect!!

Have a Happy New Year,
Aledia~

Linda said...

GORGEOUS. Looove the cheery reds!

Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Reds said...

Such a festive beautiful table!!! Love it!

Tricia said...

Your table is lovely -- both elegant and festive! It's just the style I prefer -- and I'm sure your family and guests felt very special around it!

Anita said...

Maria, this is just beautiful!!! The centerpiece is something I will copy!! Not sure why I did not think of that. Beautiful and elegant. Thanks for stopping by!! I too cannot stand having a rug under the table. In tried it but with kids it did not work plus not being able to slide chairs drove me crazy. Glad I'm not the only one!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Mi querida Maria! Your table for Christmas is gorgeous, so festive and elegant, inviting as well and you have such lovely elements and the cute gifts in each place is something I'm going to keep in mind for next year copy-cat you, lol! I love your style, my fav for Christmas.
I love your dining room, it's very elegant. I have marble floors so I do need to have a rug under the dining table as the chairs in and out make noise and might scratch the floors...I didn't have one for many years!
Have a wonderful and happy New Year sweet lady.
FABBY

xinex said...

Your table is so festive, gorgeous and elegant. I love your centerpieces. I hope you all have a Happy New Year!...Christine

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your Tablescape was Gorgeous for Christmas dinner with your Beautiful china sweet lady. You did a
Beautiful job also on your Centerpieces..
I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my Home and my Christmas Tree.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful and Happy New Year.
XXOO Diane

A Cottage in the Clouds said...

Beautiful table! I love those gorgeous centerpieces. And the presents on each plate make it all so festive!
Happy New Year!

Rosetta said...

Ciao Maria,sei simpatica!La tua casa è accogliente!Divento seguace!Buon anno,Rosetta

Tess said...

What a beautiful table! The gifts at each place setting are adorable, but the most beautiful part is your gorgeous centerpiece! I LOVE it!

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your kind comments!

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Marigene said...

Very pretty table, love the little gifts at each place setting. Your centerpiece is lovely.
Happy New Year, Maria!

Marlis said...

Great quotes! I had to go back and look at the pictures the second time. Love your table. I'm intrigued by the separate centerpieces. So cool. Love the little packages too! Wishing you warmth, good cheer and many, many blessings in the new year.

Stephanie said...

Thanks for coming over and visiting my blog. I love your tables!!! Wow...they are beautiful!!