“Christmas in the Woods” ~ by Frances Frost
Tonight when the hoar frost falls on the wood,
And the rabbit cowers, and the squirrel is cold,
And the horned owl huddles against a star,
And the drifts are deep, and the year is old,
All shy creatures will think of Him.
The shivering mouse, the hare, the wild young fox,
The doe with the startled fawn,
Will dream of gentleness and a Child:
The buck with budding horns will turn
His starry eyes to a silver hill tonight,
The chipmunk will awake and stir
And leave his burrow for the chill, dark midnight,
And all timid things will pause and sigh, and sighing, bless
That Child who loves the trembling hearts,
The shy hearts of the wilderness.
Thinking of this sweet poem, I created a tablescape that is a little forest haven where woodland creatures … The shivering mouse, the hare, the wild young fox (: can gather among snow sprinkled bird nests, glimmering candlelight, and fir trees.
In keeping with the woodland theme, deep green “forest” plates, bought from Pier 1 years ago have embossed edges of leaves and are resting on a “snowy bank” of Battenbug lace place mats … a surprise gift Richard bought for me from a little boutique, aptly named “Waldenwood.”
I love the juxtaposition of this rustic twig basket lined with the white luxurious Battenburg lace and filled with silver cutlery … an enchanting and charming caddy for a woodland picnic!
Christmas fantasies are easily imagined while dining among this forest scene; a woodland “critter” perches at each place setting, lace napkins are tied with red and green plaid ribbon and are adorned with glass pinecone ornaments (a favor your guests can take home in remembrance of their picnic amidst the woods!) and individual salt cellars are placed at each setting for a “light dusting” of seasoning.
Look at these darling, tiny, sterling silver, salt cellar spoons! I love using these “fairy spoons” and it feels so elegant adding salt in this old-fashioned and queenly way!
Each crystal salt cellar is as unique as the pattern of the spoons; I can never decide which is my favorite! The larger cellar is used for pepper and is placed on the table where several people can share it.
Well, my woodland table is ready and set but before decorating any more I am going to “O bed! O bed! Delicious bed … that heaven on earth to the weary head.” ~ Thomas Hood
And as I nestle down in my feathered nest, I’ll close my eyes and I … “will pause and sigh, and sighing, bless … That Child who loves the trembling hearts.”
Have a blessed week while you are busy preparing for … the birthday of the King!
From my cottage to yours ~ Trenda
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