The morning of New Year's Eve I finally starting taking down my Christmas tree, a task I'd been postponing simply because I so enjoyed my Santa mug tree this year! Several of you had asked how many mugs I had in this collection, and I said I'd count them when I packed them back up, and I did: 139.
It would have been 136 except that a generous reader in Tennessee, Carol, found these three mugs and sent them to me right before Christmas! And I am happy to tell you that these designs were totally new to me and not duplicates. The larger one is marked "Japan" on the bottom, which was quite helpful to know.
The mini Santa mugs are just delightful, and I've never seen this exact size (1-3/8 inches tall) and shape before. I love that they are marked 1960 and ...
... one still has the H H sticker which I believe identifies it as "Holt Howard," which made a lot of Santa mugs.
And perhaps best of all, Carol left this sticker on the back of one of the mugs as a tribute to my own thrifty style of collecting Santa mugs! They're all back in the garage now for another year, but I thought you might enjoy hearing the final count for 2011 as I look forward to adding more Santa mugs in 2012!