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GillianCrackers
Old fashioned, English Victorian-style Christmas crackers
Filled with lottsa little treats.
 
 
 
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CRACKER SPEAK:

Crackers have been a tradition in our family as long as I can remember. Mom would buy a box of crepe-wrapped crackers, decorated with little holiday stickers on the front of each and each cracker took pride of place on the good dishes which we used only at Christmas - dishes we had carefully unwrapped and washed and dried before setting out on the best linen. Those crackers looked so brightly-coloured, so tantalizing sitting there, waiting for us all to sit down. We knew each one would have a bright hat, some kind of noise-maker maybe, certainly a joke and a little prize. The first thing we did was to snap open the holiday crackers - each of us offering our cracker to the person to our right... shouting, 1, 2, 3, PULL! And out would fall all the fun surprises!

Essentially crackers have remained the same over recent years. Still there is the snap, the little paper hat, a joke and a surprise. However, in Victorian times, crackers held so much more fun - puzzles, games, gifts, candy - even science experiements for those not too feint of hear or bottles of hair dye for hopeful batchelors! Christmas crackers were not just another holiday decoration - they were an anticiapted event! Often people would open them prior to or at the conclusion of the holiday meal. And beforehand, those same crackers may have hung as decorations on the family tree! It is to those days and to that sense of delicious expectation - of fun, games and surprises - that GillianCrackers attempts every season to return.

Along with our dedicated Elf Team, I greatly look forward to making holiday crackers for your family throughout 2012

Cheers,
Gillian

If you would like some more information about GillianCrackers, please visit our Press Page or read the excellent story, "Custom-made Christmas Crackers Offer Gift of Peace" published recently in the Life Section of the Toronto Star newspaper, written by the gifted reporter, Nancy White. We greatly enoyed Nancy's visit with us during the busy cracker season and having her as 'writer in residence' for the day. How cool!

 

 



Why choose GillianCrackers?
Because they are FUN!

And they are the BEST!


These cheerful little treats are packed with puzzles, games, holiday jokes, chocolate, colourful patterned paper hats & other fun treats. Every order comes with carol sheets & 1 free copy of our "Waiting for Christmas" booklet filled with puzzles, recipes, faqs and crafts for all ages.

Yes, our crackers do cost a little more - but they are filled with holiday fun! Why pay money for the emply designer tubes in the marketplace today when you can buy GillianCrackers with holiday cheer for everyone in your family. We make great Gift Crackers too! GillianCrackers work great as party ice-breakers. Try having family contests to see who gets the puzzles solved first and you'll see what thousands of people all over North America have discovered -
GillianCrackers are FUN
And they are the BEST!


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USA Thanksgiving

We begin filling our thanksgiving crackers the 3rd week of October.
We begin shipping October 31st.
We do not guarantee a particular delivery date -
only that we will have your box at your preferred delivery address by November 22nd or sooner.
We appreciate your patience.
Because we want your crackers and the chocolate in them to arrive as fresh as possible
we cannot make our crackers in January and February as the mass cracker manufactureres do.
This means there is a lot of work for the Cracker Elves in the few weeks available to us!
If you are concerned about your Thanksgiving crackers reaching you in time,
send us an EMAIL and we will try to assist.

If you are travelling, consider giving us your destination as your shipping address
or let us know when you expect to leave home for the holidays.


Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, New Year Shipping

To ensure freshnesss, the filling of all
Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, Dog and Cat Holiday GillianCrackers™
begins the first week of November.


We then commence our Hanukkah and Christmas Shipping Schedule:
Beginning
November 15th through to December 5th for USA Orders.

Beginning December 1st through to December 21st for Canadian Orders.
Special Note: Due to a high volume of orders this season,
we are extending the USA Shipping deadlines to December 15th.

Our target is to have every parcel in our customers' homes by December 24th.
You may receive your package well before that date,

however, we do not promise to reach you any earlier than Christmas Eve day
(December 19th for Solstice Crackers)
(December 20th for Hanukkah Crackers)

Again, especially with late orders placed in November and December,
we can only promise to have your crackers to you by December 24th.

If you are travelling, consider giving us your destination as your shipping address
or let us know when you expect to leave home for the holidays.

 

Please remember - smaller, out of-the-way or extreme northern communities, may take longer for delivery!
For Hawaii, Alaska, NWT, Yukon, Nunavut and some areas within Labrador - please order extra early
- otherwise express shipping costs will be applied.

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State Zone   Province/Territory Zone
Alaska 5   Alberta 4
Alabama 3   British Columbia 4
Arkansas 3   Manitoba 3
Arizona 4   New Brunswick 3
California 5   Nfld & Labrador 4
Colorado 4   North West Territories 5
Connecticut 1   Nova Scotia 3
District of Columbia 1   Nunavut 5
Delaware 1   Ontario 1
Florida 3   Prince Edward Island 3
Georgia 3   Quebec 2
Hawaii 5   Saskatchewan 3
Iowa 3   Yukon 5
Idaho 4      
Illinois 2      
Indiana 2      
Kansas 3      
Kentucky 2      
Louisiana 3      
Maine 2      
Maryland 1      
Massachusetts 1      
Michigan 2      
Minnesota 3      
Missouri 3      
Montana 4      
N. Carolina 2      
N. Dakota 3      
Nebraska 3      
New Hampshire 2      
New Jersey 1      
New Mexico 4      
Nevada 5      
New York 1      
Ohio 1      
Oklahoma 3      
Oregon 5      
Pennsylanvia 1      
Rhode Island 1      
South Carolina 3      
South Dakotaa 3      
Tennesee 2      
Texas 3      
Utah 4      
Vermont 1      
Virginia 2      
Washington 5      
West Virginia 1      
Wisconsin 2      
Wyoming 4      
Mississippi 3      
         

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