No matter what happens with the rest of the house, there are three things that are always ready for Christmas: there is a big stocking on the entrance door full of candy for the door-to-door carol singers, there is a Christmas tree less or more decorates and there is a red theme going on in the kitchen. So the red and white mugs and glasses are out in the open, setting the mood on the kitchen counter.
A little word about the door-to-door singers: this is an ancient Romanian tradition, perpetuated even today. Anyone can ring your doorbell on Christmas eve with the intention of singing some carols for the people inside. It can be close friends, relatives, little children or complete strangers. Even in my block of flats, I always get some Carol singers at the door and that's why I keep a stash of candy by the entrance door :)