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The Night Before Christmas!

Clement Clarke MooreFor our final blog of 2012 we thought we would share with you one of our favourite Christmas poems “Twas the Night before Christmas” also known as “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by American poet Clement Clarke Moore (1779 – 1863). Apparently, before this poem became so popular, St. Nicholas (of course Santa Claus) had never been associated with a sleigh or reindeers! Can’t really imagine not having Rudolf around at Christmas!

Merry Christmas from all at Vintage Dorset! We hope you have a peaceful and joyful day and a great New Year – see you in 2013!



Twas the Night before 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 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 tiny 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!”

Published by annie, on 23rd December 2012 at 12:52 pm. Filled under: Christmas,Vintage Activities,Vintage Arts,Vintage Events,Vintage Local History Tags: , , , , , Comments Off on The Night Before Christmas!

Vintage Wedding Fair Fun!

Dorset Wedding Fair, Lulworth, vintage

Vintage Dorset doesn’t go to many wedding fairs. We love the ideas, fashions, inspiration and meeting people. But, most weekends we’re giving our existing clients all of our attention. It would be crazy recruiting sales people to talk to brides when what we offer is a personalised service – yeuk! But it has been an ongoing dilemma…

Vintage WeddingLuckily most people are great at hunting out our vintage loveliness online – or find us through personal referrals. We often meet up with couples to show the range of china we have. But, we do like to show off a wider range of our goodies more publicly once in a while!

However, this year we’ve had a bit of luck and remarkable success at squeezing the space-time continuum. Therefore, we’re delighted that at the end of February we’re going to one of the largest and most impressive wedding fairs in the county: the Lulworth Castle Wedding Fair!

“It wouldn’t be February without the Lulworth Castle and Courtyard Wedding Fair – a lavish must-do event for every bride-to-be”

Lulworth Castle

——–This 400 year old Castle boasts two extraordinary venues for weddings – the Castle itself and the lovely Courtyard. Its a fabulous location to get married within easy reach of perfect beaches and glorious spots for photos.

Calling in to see the venue alone is a great opportunity -but the Lulworth Castle Wedding Fair also offers couples the chance to see over 50 local wedding firms exhibiting in the castle, courtyard and marquee spaces.

The Courtyard, Lulworth Castle

Within easy reach of Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester the fair is open from 10.30am to 4pm on Sunday 26th February & entry is just £4. CLICK HERE FOR MAP

This is a great place to find inspiration no matter what your wedding theme is – you’re going to be amazed!

Vintage Dorset will be exhibiting in the Courtyard – so come and find us there – we’ll have a large display of our vintage china, lots of interesting venue dressing accessories, vintage tablecloths, cake stands and bunting, wedding favours and some super table flowers in teacups. You can see first hand the kind of quality we insist on and we’ll be there on site to talk through whatever you might need for your own wedding. There will definitely be lots of lovely vintage ideas!

Dorset Vintage Wedding Fair vintage china hire

Butterfly BridesOther fabulous exhibitors include the wonderful Butterfly Brides of Poundbury whose new shop full of gorgeous dresses is simply to die for! There’s the super Jon Roach from FourT4 photography plus Emma Hurley Photography, White Satin Stationery, Honeybells Tent Hire, Catherine Budd jewellery, Nomad and Proviso Foodies, the fabulous Lisa Notley Cakes, HFJ Flowers and Sunflowers plus Wedding Time dresses of Dorchester lots of string quartets, harpists, marquee providers, ice sculpturers and loads of other mighty fine sparklies! We know there are lots of others we’ve missed – so loads to discover! Many exhibitors have special show offers for couples who book services and goods on the day together with lots of competitions and freebies!

There’s also plenty of vintage influence to find if you’re looking for a nostalgic, country garden or romantic theme including photo-booths and vintage footage / retro cinema – we’re not sure what this is but can’t wait to find out!

More details of the event are on the Lulworth Castle website and on their event poster here. If you’re heading along do come and find us x

lulworth castle dorset wedding fair 2012

Published by vdorset, on 7th February 2012 at 4:31 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Events,Vintage Fashion Tags: , , , , , Comments Off on Vintage Wedding Fair Fun!