Monday, November 21, 2011


When I was little, my mom bought some Santa cups for me and my sister to drink our hot coca
from during the Christmas season.  I loved that Santa cup and couldn't wait to get it out of
the box every year for the holidays.

  As soon as my daughters were old enough, I couldn't wait to buy them their own Santa cups
to drink their hot cocoa from.  My daughters love their Santa cups just as much as I did and
get so excited when its time to use them for the holidays once again.   It sure does bring back
fond memories of my own childhood to watch my girls with their cups and listen to them talk
about how much they love them.  I love that something so simple can bring so much joy.

I found these cute little curled candy canes at Target... to add that little extra something special.

Linking to:
This and That Thursday 

I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

 Next up, Christmas!  Here's to carrying on family traditions!

'Til next time...

Jo :-)


  1. Have a great Thanksgiving!:) cute Santa cup!

  2. Awww, what a sweet & delightful post! It's the simple things like this that bring in the holiday spirit! I'm sure they will be creating their own wonderful memories with their cups! :) Loving all the holiday cheer, and that cup and cane is sooo cute! :)


  3. Adorable mug~I love family traditions~I will have to go to Target and get those candycanes for my sons' hot cocoas!! ~ Happy Thanksgiving~ xoxo Rachel

  4. I love family traditions...especially holiday ones. It makes waiting a whole year so worth it!

    I'm sure your children will remember them fondly and carry them on just as you have.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving ~ xo

  5. I still have mine from when I was young. Dad gave it to me just after my mother passed away this June. It brings back so many memories....

  6. Love..........♥.. ♥... ♥....

  7. Those simple times are really what it's all about. Lovely post.

  8. Oh, that's cute! I love those candy canes too. I looked at all the Christmas stuff at Target the other day and I didn't see those there. I always remember at Christmas time my mom would get out this little house the had an elf inside and charms hanging from the bottom of it and she'd hang it in the doorway of the hall. Oh, how I loved that thing.

  9. Oh, I forget to tell you thanks for posting my giveway on your sidebar. You're so sweet ♥

  10. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Love those Santa cups, they're adorable. Isn't that what Christmas is about? The simple traditions that we carry on and make with our families ;-)

  11. My sisters and I had Santa mugs too, and we bought our children one as well...aren't traditions awesome!

  12. we share the same mug memories :)

  13. I love family traditions, too, they keep life cohesive. It's so wonderful that truly it is the simple things that bring happiness so often. The Santa cups are adorable.
    Love and hugs, Cindy

  14. Love those cute candy canes, I will be on the look out at Target to get some of my own. We used to have those same type of mugs. They bring back great memories. Thanks for sharing.


  15. We had those same mugs when I was growing up. I will have to ask my Mom whatever happened to them. Thanks for the memory:)

  16. How sweet! My mother let us drink our cocoa during the cold winters from her fine teacups. We were VERY careful and considered ourselves very mature and special. How nice that we remember and carry on these traditions!


  17. Hello Jo! I love that sweet Christmas Santa mug! How wonderful to carry on those special traditions. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  18. Oh my gosh! I grew up with those Santa cups, too, Jo! Your post today brought back sweet memories for me, too. :) Thank you for that. ♥

    xoxo laurie

  19. OOOHHHHH...I LOVE YOUR CUP!!!!! HOW CUTE!!! I buy my Christmas Cups in the States when I was there on Christmas Vacation..I love Christmas!! And the Cups...Love,Love,Love.....
    Many Greetings from Germany

  20. I love family traditions! And that Santa's cup is so cute!!! I also want to invite you to my Shabby Apple giveaway...they are offering one lucky lady a wonderful dress!!

  21. Thanks for reminding me of memories from my childhood days. We also had Santa cups that we drank our hot chocolate from. I'm definitely going to be making a stop by Target today to find those adorable candy canes for my kids.

  22. Hello Jo,

    Amazing the old traditions, I love them. I love Christmas time in the US even when I have never been , but you never now. You have an beautiful Blog with magnificent pictures, I'll definitely be back and become a follower.

    Hugs from the Netherlands,

  23. Hello Jo, loved your post. We don't celebrate thanksgiving in OZ, but I do love family traditions. You have a lovely blog which I will continue to follow. Have a happy thanksgiving. Regards Adriana

  24. Such a sweet post. I love the Santa mugs and adorable candy canes ♥
    Happy Thanksgiving Jo.

  25. Wonderful post Jo..traditions are sooooo important! Jess and Meg both insist on EVERYTHING being the same at Christmas(and I am secretly thrilled) Talk soon,xoxo

  26. See,... it's always the simple things that are the best. Those santa cups probably cost almost nothing, but the sweet ritual has created a memory that will last forever...


  27. So, so sweet! It's wonderful that you were able to pass down that simple tradition- something your girls will remember all their lives. For my daughter, our annual tradition takes the form of advent gifts. We have a special drawstring bag that contains a little gift each day. I have such fun picking out little things, and she loves having a surprise every day!

  28. Oh, that is so sweet! I love those Santa mugs, and the curled candy cane is the perfect touch!
    It's always a pleasure to visit your beautiful blog.

  29. I love family traditions! Simplicity at it's finest...those are the most cherished:)


  30. Sweet and beautiful traditions and your photos!!♥
    I wish you happy week!

    Hugs, Marge

    Ps. I have a little giwe away on my blog, if you are interested:)

  31. Love the Santa cups. They remind me of my grandmother. I will have to hunt for some on Etsy. Thanks for jarring my memory with these!

  32. Hi Jo,
    oh, this is a wonderful tradition, the santa cups a too cute! I think Christmas is a great time of memories with tradition.
    Take care

  33. i have those same santa cups....we display them every christmas. i went to our target but they didn't have those candy canes :( maybe i can find them somewhere else.

    have a great holiday!!


  34. We had those same Santa cups growing up! This post brought back a lot of happy memories for me... thanks for that. Love your photos!

    Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!


  35. I used to have those same mugs as a child growing up!

  36. Dearest Jo,

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    Have a wonderful weekend,

  37. I think that simple and daily things are what make us happy and what we will always remember!
    Thank you for your kind comments my darling friend!
    Hugs from me

  38. Happy New Year Jo-Jo!!

    Love all that you inspire, looking forward to 2012 and your new postings.


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