03 December 2013

Visions Of Sugarplums

Rebecca and Molly have just finished decorating for Christmas and 

am so happy to share their Sugarplum theme with you.  When

I saw all of the candy, gingerbread homes and lollipops I thought of

 "Twas The Night Before Christmas," by Clement Clarke Moore.

I am sure most of you are familiar with this beloved poem and if

you are like me you most likely memorized it.  I remember my 

Grandmother giving me the beautifully illustrated version of it one 

year for Christmas.  I read it year after year until the pages were 

worn out.

Some fun facts on this beloved poem- it was first published 

anonymously in 1823.  Four handwritten copies of the poem are

known to exist and three are in museums.

The fourth copy was hand written and signed by Moore as a gift to 

friend in 1860. Just a few years ago in December of 2006 it  was 

sold by one private collector to another.

There are different legends as to the origins of the poem some 

legends state that the the poem was written on a snowy day by 

Moore during a shopping trip while he was riding on his sleigh. 

Another legend is that Moore wrote the poem on Christmas Eve as

a gift to his children. Being the sentimental person that I am, 

I prefer to believe that Moore wrote the poem out of love for his


Of course, there is the debate as to whether Moore is the true author

of this poem.  Major Livingston Jr. professed claim that he had 

written the poem-after it was published, sounds a little fishy to me.

After all these years it is still the most published, most read, most

memorized, most collected book in all of Christmas Literature, and

a very personal favorite of mine!

Tis The Season is just around the corner.  We all busy preparing 

our best recipes, creating vignettes and decorating.  Please join us

next week December 9th through the 14th.  

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  1. You just brought back memories of childhood, Jemma. I can still remember being in elementary school and my mother covering Twas the Night Before Christmas book in red velvet for me so it would match my red velvet dress when I stood on stage during the school Christmas pageant and read from the book. My mom encouraged me to memorize it so I wouldn't continually look down. I think I still know it by heart! The decorations are adorable! Thanks for removing the old cobwebs from my memory with this lovely post.

  2. I always loved the story. In high school we performed it and it was my favorite song of the year. Your sweet treats look so beautiful, too pretty to be eaten!

  3. Interesting information about the history of this poem. I didn't realize it's been around so long. Yes, I love this poem too.

  4. Oh, Jemma, ''Twas the Night Before Christmas/A Visit from St. Nicholas", is one of my all time favourite poems, for its musicality and story book feel. I recite it in my head, a few times throughout the year, (a cheery technique to test my memory!). Your modern day 'sugar-plum' prettiness is adorable and made me smile at the sight of all that candied charm! Looking forward to our Tis the Season Blog Tour, where the 'eye candy' will be plentiful, and I'm sure, a real treat!


  5. Learnt something new today about this poem. Your sweet treats look lovely!

  6. I love your visions of sugar plums, sweet stuff!

  7. Oh my, look at all those sweet yummies and pretties. Love, love, love.
    The most published, read, memorized and collected Christmas literature...oh my. I think you've inspired me to purchase a new copy.
    Loved stopping by, Jemma, and I'm only taking this week off so I look forward to many more visits.

  8. I didn't realize it was written in 1823. That was even before most states even celebrated Christmas as a holiday! And now we all have visions of sugarplums after visiting you today! Have fun, girls!

  9. Thanks for the history of this poem! Had no idea it was that old. Who are Rebecca and Molly, by the way?

  10. This was so interesting to read. We have a copy of the book here from the 1920's, which belonged to my husband's grandfather when he was a child. It's really fragile so we don't take it out often, but it's so much fun to look at.

  11. Oh Jemma, I love the Sugarplum theme and the decorations that you have on here. You know, I usually go with the traditional colors at Christmas, but this year I threw in some whimsical décor because there is so much cute stuff out there right now. I love the gingerbread house, the snowman, and the lollipops. And "Twas The Night Before Christmas" has always been a favorite of mine.


  12. Visions are about all I've got. Well, I did get the two trees up and bring in the rusty wagon. Tomorrow I'll hopefully get a lot more done. Cooked a casserole so will have lunch without having to think about it.

  13. Your visions of sugarplums treats are so cute! So interesting about the poem!

  14. This is so perfect. Love all the treats. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  15. I will definitely be looking at your posts that week! Sounds like fun!

    Your blog today was just elegant - wish I knew another word for it! I just loved it and it felt so good.


  16. The poem has been part of my Christmas since I was a kid. Now there are no children left in our house, but I still read the poem before going to bed on Christmas Eve.


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