My Love For Stationary: Paper Source Holiday Crackers


Man, I haven’t blogged in a long time. A lot is going on but hey, I’m getting back into blogging. I haven’t written a post in awhile and I honestly miss writing. With researching on how to travel write and running around like a crazy man, It’s time to work my way back into blogging. There might be some TEA to spill but more on that later. As you all know, the holiday season is my absolute favorite: the warmth, the colors, and most importantly, the memories. Also, as a designer and a writer (who has many unfilled journals) the stationary, notebooks, and paper during this beautiful season always makes me swoon. When I visited my local Paper Source in Birmingham, I walked in and saw these wonderful Christmas crackers. I remember as a child, always wanting to try these wondrous thing. With not being being from England, my family never joined in this festivity.


Here’s the history on this Christmas crackers.

Christmas crackers are a traditional Christmas favorite in the UK. They were first made in about 1845-1850 by a London sweet maker called Tom Smith. He had seen the French 'bon bon' sweets (almonds wrapped in pretty paper). He came back to London and tried selling sweets like that in England and also included a small motto or riddle in with the sweet. But they didn't sell very well.Legend says that, one night, while he was sitting in front of his log fire, he became very interested by the sparks and cracks coming from the fire. Suddenly, he thought what a fun idea it would be, if his sweets and toys could be opened with a crack when their fancy wrappers were pulled in half.

Crackers were originally called 'cosaques' and were thought to be named after the 'Cossack' soldiers who had a reputation for riding on their horses and firing guns into the air!

When Tom died, his expanding cracker business was taken over by his three sons, Tom, Walter and Henry. Walter introduced the hats into crackers and he also traveled around the world looking for new ideas for gifts to put in the crackers.

The company built up a big range of 'themed' crackers. There were ones for bachelors and spinsters (single men and women), where the gifts were things like false teeth and wedding rings! There were also crackers for Suffragettes (women who campaigned to get women the vote), war heroes and even Charlie Chaplain! Crackers were also made for special occasions like Coronations. The British Royal Family still has special crackers made for them today!

Very expensive crackers were made such as the 'Millionaire's Crackers' which contained a solid silver box with a piece of gold and silver jewerly inside it!

Cracker manufacturers also made large displays, such as horse drawn carriages and sleighs, for the big shops in London. (1).gif

If you would like to get yourself some of these adorable crackers click here!

Talk to you soon!