Decorating-wise, one of my biggest goals before Saturday's tea party was to get as many of my Santa mugs out and on display as I could.
The majority of them are used as ornaments on the tree.
Bonus: If you use an artificial tree and bend a couple of branches through the handle, you don't have to use hooks!
They sit on the mantel (along with a cute new Santa teapot that was a gift from Scott's Bookstore last week!), and also ...
... on the hearth.
With a little florist's wire you can wire them into a garland as well.
And the fun thing to me is that these pieces have been collected over quite a few years, mainly by my Santa-mug-vigilant mother and aunt. But I'm not very interested in the $5-$10 Santa mugs that pop up at this time of year. This is the typical price paid in my family, and the Santa mugs have the stickers and grease pencil marks to prove it!