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
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!