It’s that time of year to start getting out holiday decorations, and that’s been a big part of this week. That said, my coffee mug today is a holiday one. Its base colour, the colour that rims the top and bottom, is snow white, not a fresh snow but one that is a couple days old and slightly dull and a little used. The pattern adorning the rest of the mug is actually a bit busy keeping the eye moving over it continually in an effort to take it all in.
The top of the pattern starts in a finger thick vertical line that is cookie dough coloured. This line is stamped with yellow and red candy canes as well as black and white reindeer. The next 3 ½ inches is a backdrop of blue starry sky with 9 different coloured Christmas scarves hanging from an invisible clothes line. There is one tree that is leafless, simple bare branches decorated only by a red bird. To off-set that sparse tree there are 3 full trees that are either spruce, fir, or pine with single red berries marking the end of its branches. Finally, there is a snowman dressed in green mittens, black buttons, plain red scarf, and a green hat. The snowman’s eyes are closed, and its head is raised upwards. He appears to be singing jolly Christmas songs. The pattern repeats on the other side of my mug.
If we were having coffee I would tell you that I went through a snowman phase, and this ugly little mug is a leftover from that period of time. I have 2 of them actually, a perfect number for this occasion.
I have just now noticed while sitting here with you that my snowman mug, which I have positioned so that the handle is in my right hand, displays an image of a tiny replicated singing snowman on the inside wall of the mug. Given that I am holding a fresh cup of hot chocolate, this little snowman is partly submerged in the hot liquid, and at the present moment no longer looks to be singing jolly Christmas songs but to be howling in horrific pain (good grief)! That is almost how I felt when I looked at the pattern on these mugs this year. It really could be something simpler.
However, many rich hot chocolates and coffees have filled the insides of these mugs warming hands and hearts while winds raged frosty wars just beyond the windows. I’ve had these mugs so long that I have actually lost count of the Christmas seasons we’ve spent locked lip to rim. So, despite this year’s sudden dislike to the busy pattern it would do the mug disservice to say I don’t love them, or at least the memories attached to them. The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without using these mugs several times over!
Do you have any holiday item you feel the same about?
By Shari Marshall -2016