Crackers about Crackers? They Must Be!

Christmas crackers are very traditional, the Christmas table doesn’t look decorated without them.  I love the Tom Smith Christmas crackers, which are very traditional and are still being made today.  Invented in 1847, almost by accident and  inspired by the crackling of a log fire – the charming story of Smith’s invention can be read aboutContinue reading “Crackers about Crackers? They Must Be!”

Boxing Day – lucky for some: unlucky for wrens

  I never knew there were so many traditions associated with Boxing day.  From giving gifts to the lower classes of people to the stoning of wrens!   Apparently this to relates to the stoning of St Stephen (whose birthday it also is).  There are some interesting facts about Boxing Day on these sites: –http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/boxingday.asp http://www.whychristmas.com/customs/boxingday.shtml Tom Smith  http://www.thekingofcrackers.co.uk/reproduction-prints.htm