Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation. 2 Corinthians 7:4
|This is me on my way last night to death by dinner at the Chinese Buffet. This is the first night in a string of four nights with HUGE dinner celebrations! How shall I survive? Say goodbye to whatever pathetic amount I'm already overweight in this picture and be ready at the plane to carry me off in a wheelbarrow when we return in nine months!|
|This is our favorite Scotsman and a dear friend. It was his birthday yesterday and we took him to the buffet to celebrate.|
|Here we are at the Preach My Gospel class that is held every Wednesday night (the class sang Happy Birthday)|
1. Why couldn't the skeleton go to the New Year's Eve Party?
2. Who writes the most letter?
|These are our broken Christmas Crackers. Notice the pass along I left on the table? We always leave one at restaurants.|
History of Tom Smith, the inventor of Christmas Crackers (since 1847)
It was on a trip to Paris, in 1840 that an adventurous and forward thinking Tom Smith discover the 'bon bon' sugared almond, wrapped in a twist of tissue paper. Seven years later this simple idea evolved into the Christmas Cracker.
By placing a small love motto in the tissue paper he created enormous interest in this product, especially at Christmas and it was during a search for inspiration to achieve even greater sales that he casually threw a log on the fire. The crackle sound, made by the burning log, gave him the idea that would eventually lead to the crackers we know and love today. After a great deal of hard work and experimentation, he came up with a cracking mechanism that created a "pop' as the "bon bon" wrapping was broken. This eventually became the snap and the cracker was born.
Over the next few years his idea evolved and grew and he moved from his original premises in Clerkenwell, East London, to Finsbury Square, in the City. His sons, Tom, Walter and Henry took over the business when he died and later a drinking fountain was erected in Finsbury Square, by Walter, in memory of his mother and to commemorate the life of the man who invented the Christmas Cracker.
It was Walter who introduced the paper hats and he toured the world to find new and unusual ideas for the gifts.
The company was very aware of current affairs and crackers were created for the Suffragettes, War Heroes, Charlie Chaplin The Coronation and many other great occasions. Exclusive crackers were also made for the Royal Family and still are to this day.
Answers:1. He had no body to go with him.
2. A fisherman because he always drops a line.
TRA, as they say here! A new tradition has been born for the Blain family--Christmas Crackers!!