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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Crackers

What's It Wednesday #195

This has been a rough week. A friend fell suddenly gravely ill and is really struggling right now. So this post is a break from the worrying and praying. 

My cousin was recently visiting us from the UK and promised to bring Christmas Crackers. I was so excited to get them. I know my family and friends will be so excited to receive them at the dinner table. I mean who doesn't like a nice surprise?

There will be different Christmas Crackers at each Sunday meal between now and Christmas and the Christmas dinner.

It's a decorative and colorful tube that you pull at both ends. When the cracker breaks you hear a "pop". The kids love it. 

After the cracker pops a little gift falls out. It may be a small trinket, toy, joke, or riddle. 

Christmas crackers can also be made at home. I saw some super cute ones on Pinterest. But for now I will keep asking family members to bring them across the pond.


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Rita C at Panoply said...

Paula, I'm sorry to hear about your friend, it must make your heart feel heavy. Thank you for hosting us, and I hope you'll be lifted by all the guests who come to share their creativity. It always amazes me to mix and mingle with so many gifted people.
Rita C at Panoply

Terra said...

I hope your friend is healing and I like your reminder about the Christmas crackers or poppers, that you pull and a tiny gift comes out. I think I will buy some, I saw some at a store in town.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

So sorry about your friend. Healing thoughts. Love the poppers! Such pretty plates. I do love peacocks. Thanks as always for hosting. xo

Mimi said...

Hello Paula. This is sad and worrying news for you. I hope your friend makes a full recovery in time for Christmas. Thankyou for the linkup with all that you must have on your plate. It's one of my favourites. Mimi xxx

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Paula, what a fun tradition. Your table looks very pretty and thank you for hosting this week. Your friend will be in my prayers..Judy

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm very sorry for your friend and hope they improve soon. Thanks for always hosting such a fun party. I've been making Christmas doll clothes and playing this week! Holiday hugs, Diane

Tania Pelletier said...

Sorry to hear about your friend, I hope he or she is better soon. I have never had a Christmas Cracker before but I do know what they are and they sound like fun! Thank you for hosting the party :o)


Lori @ Dining Delight said...

Thanks for hosting in spite of your heavy heart. Hope your friend is on the mend soon. It is difficult to be ill at any time but it is especially devastating at Christmas.

Unknown said...

I am sorry that your friend is not well and the heaviness you must feel. Hopefully there will be a positive change very soon. Thank you for hosting this party. If I don't 'talk' to you before Christmas, I wish you a Joyous Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sarah said...

Sad to hear about your friend. I know this will weigh heavy on your heart. Keeping you in my thoughts.
Thanks for hosting with all that is going on in your world.

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Paula, So sorry to hear about your friend. I will remember her in my prayers. Keep us posted on her, k? I have meant to go to the party store and look for some crackers but have not. Now you have inspired me to do so, tomorrow!
Thanks so much for hosting and have a nice weekend.

Sonny G said...

I am so sorry to hear your friend is ill.. Prayers and healing thoughts for her.

Thank you for hosting and please know I am humbled and so happy to have been featured..
That was so kind of you..

Holiday Blessings to You and Yours

Our Hopeful Home said...

I've always loved those "Crackers" too! Thanks for hosting and happy holidays to you and yours!
xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

It's so hard when people we care about are hurting. I hope everything works out.

Thank you for hosting!

Pam Richardson said...

So very sorry about your friend.

Thanks for hosting each week and for featuring my tablescape with the carolers!

Pam (

Dana Bishop said...

Paula, thank you for hosting such a nice party. Your table is so elegant and understated. I absolutely love it!

Denise said...

I'm so sorry your friend is ill, Paula, and hope she will soon be better.

We love Christmas crackers at our house, too. I have some on my tablescape right now in the dining room. :) Your cousin is lucky; I'd love to see England at Christmas! Thank you for hosting and have a good week.


Denise at Forest Manor

Karren Haller said...

Im sorry to hear about your friend and hope she be well.
The crackers sound really fun and festive.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday with friends and family!

Anonymous said...

Years ago I read an article in Scientific American magazine that people who are prayed for (even when they don't know they are being prayed for) recover 25% faster and more completely than people who aren't the subject of prayers. So, with all the prayers and good wishes you have elicited for your friend (allow me to add mine), he or she is certain to be much better soon. You are a good friend and a great link party hostess. Thank you for making time for us show-offs when you have so much else occupying your attention.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for the party!!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, Paula...we just never know in life.
Sending good thoughts and prayers that all will be well...
Thank you for hosting for us...xo

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

I'm very sorry to hear about your friend, Paula. Sending all the best wishes over.
How lovely that you had your cousin visiting. Have fun with the Christmas crackers!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Very sorry to hear that your friend is so ill. A prayer for your friend and those who are caring for her.

Love your tablescapes. Thank you for Whats It Wednesday 195.

Jill Harrison said...

Sorry to hear about your friend. Sad times. I send prayers to them.
Do you not generally have Christmas crackers in America? Our ones in Australia have silly paper hats which I hate but have to wear....hmmm.....
I love those plates with the bird on them. Have a lovely weekend ahead. take care.

Deanies Stash said...

So sorry to hear about your friend. Sending prayers and hugs your way. I love your Christmas crackers. I wish they were readily available here as they are so fun. Thank you for taking the time to host.

xo Dianne

Curtains in My Tree said...

It's tuff when you have a dear friend or family member sick this time of year when we should all be celebrating Christ's Birth and enjoying good food and company.
I feel your pain.

Those crackers were never on my list till now. It will be real fun to put a match box car in them for my little Grandsons

Keep your chin up and prayers up also, miracles happens

Jas @ All that's Jas said...

Sending prayers for your friend...

Unknown said...

really sorry to hear about your friends - will keep you both in my thoughts ♥

Antiques And Teacups said...

Sorry to hear about your's doubly hard around the holidays. Love the Christmas crackers! Being from a Brit families, both my husband & I grew up with them, raised our kids with them, and still have them when they are expected at Christmas. So much fun! Thanks for hosting!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for hosting--- You always have such beautiful things on your site. I love your peacock dishes!! Hope all is well with you and your friend-

This N That said...

We grew up with Christmas Crackers and have carried on the tradition..My stepdaughter and her family have them now as well..Fun !
Wishing your friend all the best..

The Victorian Girl said...

You can find Christmas crackers at World Market. They even had Thanksgiving ones!

Merry Christmas!~

My thrift store addiction said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. I appreciate the party ~ blessings, Cecilia

lynn cockrell said...

I hope your friend is going to be alright. I said a prayer for him/her when I read your post. Those Christmas Crackers you have are wonderful. How nice that you have relatives to bring them to you! Looks like you are having lots of great links to your party this week. Merry Christmas to you all!

ileana-carmen said...

Hello. So sorry about your friend. Thank you for hosting us each week.

Unknown said...

I´m so very sorry to hear about your friend...sending prayers.The christmas crackers look enchanting.Wishing you wonderful holidays.
Warm hugs,

Alessandra said...

Dear Paula, i' m so sorry for your friend. I' ll pray for her. Your tablescape is very elegant and stunning. The Christmas crackres are adorable.

The Charm of Home said...

Beautiful features! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

Sharon @ Blue Willow House said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friend. Christmas crackers are so much fun. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

Parsimonious Décor Darling said...

So sorry to hear about your friend! Sending prayer your way.

Red Rose Alley said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, Paula. You know, I've seen these Christmas crackers before, but never knew about the little toy or surprise inside.

I hope you had a nice Christmas, and I wish you ladies much peace and joy and love in the new year. I look forward to seeing more of your delightful posts in the coming year.

love, ~Sheri

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