Thursday, December 16, 2010

Santa Mugs

Every family has their Christmas traditions.
When I was a child my mother always served hot cocoa in a Santa Mug on Christmas morning.

It's a tradition I chose to carry on with my own family.
I remember hunting the stores to find just the right kind of face, one that would make my children smile.
Even though they are grown now, we still drink from our Santa Mugs every Christmas morning. I often look up to see them smiling as they sip away on various flavors of cocoa.
When my daughter was married, we gave their newly formed family their own set of Santa Mugs as a present. My grandchildren now experience the continuing tradition.

Allison Woods shared why family traditions are so important
"Family traditions provide great value, and the value lasts far beyond the moment. The value of a tradition isn't in completing the ritual; the value comes from what it provides for those who participate.
First of all, traditions provide stability. Activities that are observed year in and year out become a means by which family members can build trust and security. Regardless of what else may happen, the traditions will not change. So much in our lives these days is temporary. Family traditions provide something for every person to hold on to and to rely upon."

Santa Mugs are a collectors item, often found on vintage sites.
The mugs made in the 1930's-1940's usually have Santa winking, or with his eyes closed.
No one is exactly sure why.
Maybe he is tired after a night of delivering presents around the world, and just needs to put his feet up and have a hot cup of cocoa.


Nanette Merrill said...

You've got a sweet collection. My MIL gave us her santa mugs years ago. My kinds broke them all. What an idiot I was to let them use them at Christmas. They were vintage. Oh well. I was young and didn't know.

Material Mary said...

What a fun tradition. I have not heard of this one before.

Sherri said...

I love your Santa Mugs! I'm going to have to be on the lookout for some...just love them!

Elizabeth said...

We had Santa Mugs when I was a child too. We drank from them all through the Christmas holidays, though. We had winking "mugs" (right and left eye) closed and opened eyes. There were 7 of us. We all wanted a mug that was winking. When we all married and left home, Mother gave us each a mug. I still have mine 30 some odd years later.

Truffle queen said...

What a nice tradition! I recall seeing mugs like these when I was a kid! Maybe I'll start to keep an eye out for them!

Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

Love the mugs, I might steal that idea.

Natalia said...

Great stuff here. A happy holiday season to you and your readers!

Abby and Stephanie said...

Love the mugs. My kids still have their Santa mugs from when they were very little. Sweet collection.

photo mugs said...

so cute mugs.its really very funny.i like it.good gift for tea lover.