I would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas, and a big Thank You for the support you have shown throughout the year. I have “met” some wonderful people from all different places, and I have learned a great deal about other places in the world, thanks to many, many bloggers. The blogosphere is certainly a wondrous place.
Christmas is on Sunday here in OZ this year, so like a lot of others I will be fairly busy getting everything ready, but I will be back blogging on and off next week, meanwhile I hope everyone has a fabulous Christmas and above all else please stay safe, especially for those people that will be on the roads over the Christmas break.
Some Xmas Trivia.
The Oxford English Dictionary records the use of cracker bonbons and the pulling of crackers from the early 1840s. Tradition tells of how Thomas J. Smith of London invented crackers in 1847. He created the crackers as a development of his bon-bon sweets, which he sold in a twist of paper (the origins of the traditional sweet-wrapper). As sales of bon-bons slumped, Smith began to come up with new promotional ideas. His first tactic was to insert mottos into the wrappers of the sweets (cf. fortune cookies), but this had only limited success.
Smith added the “crackle” element when he heard the crackle of a log he had just put on a fire. The size of the paper wrapper had to be increased to incorporate the banger mechanism, and the sweet itself was eventually dropped, to be replaced by a small gift. The new product was initially marketed as the Cosaque (i.e., Cossack), but the onomatopoeic “cracker” soon became the commonly used name, as rival varieties came on the market. The other elements of the modern cracker, the gifts, paper hats and varied designs, were all introduced by Tom Smith’s son, Walter Smith, to differentiate his product from the rival cracker manufacturers which had suddenly sprung up.
Christmas would not be complete without some beautiful music from the world renowned Andre Rieu sit back and enjoy.
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