BACK IN TIME

A Victorian Christmas Cracker.

In the mid-nineteenth century... yes that long ago..... history tells us that an English baker saw how the French wrapped their "bon bons" (a sweet) in a twist of coloured tissue paper....., so he had the idea to make a "Christmas Cracker".

He later added a "snap" in order to improve sales!

Crackers were also called "cosaques" and thought to be named after the "Cossack" soldiers from Russia.   These soldiers were highly admired  for their equestrian skills and known to fire their guns into the air whilst on horseback.

Today's Christmas crackers include a snap, paper crown, jokes, trivia, and even games, and an amazing range of mini gifts.

Now the "Christmas Cracker" has become a traditional part of many a family Christmas.  

Crackers can be simple or extravagant, traditional or rustic or any style that takes your fancy to match your Christmas theme.

Our paper themes include elegant and traditional prints imported from Europe, and  our own Eco-friendly printed kraft papers.

We would love you to choose our Crackers this Christmas and enjoy the fun and laughter... we certainly do!

 

 

 

WHAT IS INSIDE A CRACKER?

THE GIFT

A cracker is just not a cracker without a gift.

The gift ranges we offer have always been chosen carefully, and in keeping with our mindful approach to the environment.

This year, we are taking further steps to avoid unnecessary single use plastics.

We offer an amazing range of local and imported gifts that all fit inside a cracker.  Even if you buy more than 12 crackers we try to avoid repeating the gifts.

Every year we do our best to ensure the range of hand crafted gifts support the many talented artisans and communities that craft them for us.

The imported range of gifts are also useful and keepsake items.

 

THE CELEBRATION CROWNS

 

There has to be a paper crown in a cracker.

We cut, paste, stick, fold and cut again, our party crowns - all made carefully by hand.

We use off cut papers or print with water based inks on re-cycled kraft paper.

Certainly no tissue paper. 

We want you to wear, not tear your crown.

 

THE JOKES AND PROVERBS

Of course the silly jokes are a key moment in the Christmas festivities.

The jokes and proverbs are now printed on eco-friendly re-cycled kraft paper.

We always try to add new content and this year we have an extra  "did you know" fact - just to make the moment last "that bit longer...!"

The African Proverbs are also a traditional part of our Safari and African Vintage collection.

The proverbs are always wise and truthful and we enjoy every year searching for more to share.

 

 

 

 

 

ALL OUR CRACKERS CONTAIN A SNAP, A PAPER CROWN, A JOKE OR PROVERB AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, A GIFT.

 

 

 

CROC PRINT FROM THE SAFARI COLLECTION