For many, many years I made my own Christmas crackers.......... Crepe paper, bought snaps from the craft shop in Ipswich, terrible jokes, tissue paper hats and a small gift just right for each person. I can remember one year when both me and Eldest had awful colds, feeling very rough and there we were a couple of days before the 25th sniffing and sneezing our way through the sticking and fixing.
Then along came pre-formed 'fill it yourself' kits with everything included except the gift - we did that for a couple of years but it got harder to find small things to fit inside at a sensible price.
Then car-boot sales arrived and hooray................ a supply of new crackers at much reduced prices - available every summer!
I've got all these in the cupboard at the moment, all from boot sales. (I could have had more, lots of people clear them out every year - but there is a limit to how many Christmas crackers I have room to store!)
(A Grand total of 43!) Some will go with me to my SiL's on Christmas Day, they've got mini jigsaw puzzles in them; the Modelling balloon ones that I got recently will be saved until the grandchildren are old enough to enjoy them, the small ones are to decorate the hampers for the next few years and the other lot will be for when I have visitors here.
Then I can start searching again next year.
Did anyone catch a TV programme about a company that makes crackers - including the very extravagant ones for Fortnum and Mason, and Harrods? A F&M Hamper of crackers containing vouchers for posh events costs £5,000..........For the person who has everything?
Although if you are on a budget you could get some from them for just £45!
It always surprises me that Christmas Crackers have never really taken off as a tradition in the US. You'd think they would have made it across the Atlantic in the same way all the Halloween stuff crossed to us here. I'm sure there's a fortune to be made by someone.
Thank you for comments yesterday, seems I'm not the only one to fail with Poinsettias.
So sorry to read that Tanya of Sowing and Growing blog has passed away. Once again cancer takes someone much too young.