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The Cheerful Little Card Company

 

 

Why I started making Christmas Crackers for YOU!
 
<< Several years ago I went shopping for Christmas crackers at a better known, quality retail store. Looking over the selection, I settled on a box with pretty papers and a festive look. However, after reading the contents of the box, I was horrified to see they included a pen knife! For Christmas, can you believe it?. Looking more closely at other boxes I began to see that for the most part they were filled with plastic gizmos and un-festive junk, not at all in keeping with the original idea of treats, mottoes, puzzles and little gifts.

I immediately resolved to stop buying mass produced crackers and begin making them myself. I wanted my crackers to be filled with treats like the ones my Mom used to put in the stocking she lay beside my bed each Christmas eve. In it were pieces of fruit, nuts, candy and tiny wrapped fun surprises. Many people shared my thoughts about how tired and empty the modern day cracker has become; in many cases it is nothing more than a 'decorator' tube filled with plastic gizmos! I received mounting requests from people asking me to make my crackers for their families and friends. After only one year I was already making hundreds of crackers for my downtown card shop. Continuing to expand the concept every year, I began to create these gentle old fashioned crackers for my feline friends, including in them, toy mice, catnip and tiny party hats!! This year I am including crackers for our Dog Pals again. I have also developed designs for Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, birthdays, weddings and valentines.

I began brainstorming about further developing the cracker line in keeping with the Victorian roots of the tradition when they were a lively source of holiday fun, family entertainment and included the all-important element of surprise. Victorian crackers were an event; an entertainment that people looked forward to with anticipation and that is what I want for my crackers.>>

My old fashioned, hand-wrapped, Christmas holiday crackers are truly handmade. Brightly wrapped in double layers of tissue with a printed over-wrap, each cracker contains many seasonal treats much like the original Christmas crackers from the Victorian Tradition. If you are ordering several crackers, each one will have a different joke and puzzle for added fun and variety! Two Carols are included and, depending on the size of the order, I arrange them so at least 3 or 4 of the crackers contain the same song for group caroling!!

New fun for 2007! Customers tell me that my crackers make wonderful ice-breakers and help set a festive tone for Christmas, birthday and shower get-togethers. To help folks get in the fun spirit, I have added some prizes to each order of 4 or more crackers - one each for the person who most excels at:

- Making the cracker's snapper make the most satisfying snap!
- Keeping their paper tissue hat on the longest without it falling off!
- Singing the enclosed Christmas carols and songs with the best holiday spirit!
- Being the best puzzle solver!

 

GillianCrackers, unlike most other brands,
are proudly hand wrapped and filled in North America.

 

 

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