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Cracking Christmas!

Cracking Christmas!

Christmas Crackers!
Christmas Crackers!

Will this be the last of my Christmas posts hmm.............Maybe. In this post I want to talk about all things CRACKERS!! Including myself!! Ha ha!

The story of the traditional Christmas Cracker is a charming one and a credit to ones mans imagination and determination,that of  British man Tom Smith. A confectioners apprentice in London at the early part of the 19th century, he went on a trip to Paris in 1840 and discovered the French sugared almond bon- bons  wrapped in bright coloured paper and decided to introduce them in London . The bon-bons were popular but not as much as he hoped for.

For seven years he worked on improving the bon-bon but it wasn't until he sat down one night in front of his fire and watched it crackle and sparkle that he became inspired to trying something innovative and very different with his bon-bon.  He made a coloured paper wrapper and put it in another strip of paper infused with chemicals which, when rubbed, created enough friction to produce a banging noise. He knew the "cracking" sound of the bon-bon would excite and thrill the children and the mottos and poems he inserted inside his "Crackers" amused the adults equally.

Little did he know how hugely popular these Crackers would become and  for some are an important part of the traditional Christmas party dressing table scene. Loved by children and adults alike today they remain in our hearts and Christmas simply wouldn't be complete without them.

THANK YOU TOM SMITH!

I'm including another kind of Christmas Cracker in this post, that of  FABULOUS FASHION kind of Cracker! Ha ha!  Lots of  pre-Christmas sales in the shops at the moment and other gems.  Heres what caught my eye.

Christmas party fashion! Fab colour combinations here at Swamp Grafton St Dublin. Silver top €30.00, pink skirt €40.00, white skirt €40.00, pink dress €60.00. Love these!
Christmas party fashion! Fab colour combinations here at Swamp Grafton St Dublin. Silver top €30.00, pink skirt €40.00, white skirt €40.00, pink dress €60.00. Love these!
Zara! Menswear, couldn't resist including this amazing mens tuxedo velvet Jacket . Strictly for the cooliest of guys!
Zara! Menswear, couldn't resist including this amazing mens tuxedo velvet Jacket . Strictly for the cooliest of guys!
Joe, Penneys/Primark Christmas Jumper . Barry M&S Christmas Jumpers. Looking cool Guys!
Joe, Penneys/Primark Christmas Jumper . Barry M&S Christmas Jumpers. Looking cool Guys!
BEST BUY for this post has got to be these gems.
BEST BUY for this post has got to be these gems.
Penneys?Primark limited edition shoes were €20 reduced to 7 EURO!!!!!!!!
Penneys?Primark limited edition shoes were €20 reduced to 7 EURO!!!!!!!!
These Penneys?Primark shoe have a real designer edgy feel. AMAZING and currently on sale for 7 Euro! WOW!
These Penneys?Primark shoe have a real designer edgy feel. AMAZING and currently on sale for 7 Euro! WOW!

I hope you've enjoyed my last Christmas themed post and keeping with Violinkit's Vintage and Modern themed mix-up here's the vintage bit. A little CHRISTMAS CRACKER in its own right and definitely ticking the Vintage box.

Vintage Fiat Bambino. Produced by Fiat from 1957-1975. LOVE this VINTAGE CHRISTMAS CRACKER!
Vintage Fiat Bambino. Produced by Fiat from 1957-1975. LOVE this VINTAGE CHRISTMAS CRACKER!

So thats it folks, I'll have a new post out shortly after Christmas day. Have a wonderful Christmas and thank you all for your wonderful support. Christmas all wrapped up!   Love and best wishes

Violinkit XXXX

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It started with a kiss!

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