Tom Smith Christmas Crackers
The largest selection of Tom Smith Luxury and Traditional Christmas Crackers in the United States
We are proud to represent the exclusive line of Tom Smith Christmas Crackers. Our crackers originate in the Tom Smith Cracker factory and are shipped to you directly from our USA distribution center in North Carolina. You won't find a larger selection or larger inventory of Tom Smith Christmas Crackers anywhere in the United States. We have everything you need to maintain your Christmas tradition!
What are Christmas Crackers?
In 1847, almost by accident, Tom Smith invented the cracker. it was a simple idea which became an integral part of British celebration and tradition which still continues today, 150 years on. In its simplest form, a cracker is a small cardboard tube covered in a brightly colored twist of paper. When the cracker is pulled by two people, each holding one end of the twisted paper covered tube, the friction creates a small explosive 'pop'. This 'pop' is produced by a narrow strip of chemically impregnated paper. The cracker tears apart and out of the cardboard tube tumbles a bright paper hat, a small gift, a balloon and a motto or joke. It is a running joke that all the jokes and mottos in crackers are unfunny and unmemorable. Similarly, in most standard commercial products, the "gift" is equally awful, although wealthier individuals—notably, the royal family—may use custom crackers with more expensive rewards.
In addition to Christmas Crackers, "Crackers" are used as decorative party favors to celebrate a variety of other special occasions and festive events. The pulling of crackers and donning of the party hats creates a relaxed, festive atmosphere certain to get any party function off the ground. Crackers provide a colorful and exciting start to any celebration, and also present each guest with a gift by which to remember the days events. At Christmas, crackers make great tree ornaments, stocking stuffers, and welcoming gifts for visiting friends and relatives. They can also be used as invitations, promotional gifts, an advertising medium, shower and wedding favors, and individualized gifts for special occasions such as Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.
This is the remarkable story of the Cracker - an unique insight into one of Britain's most enduring traditions which continues to bring pleasure to all ages and generations, from children to grandparents.
More About Christmas Crackers |
Tom Smith Early History |
How the Christmas Cracker was Invented | How Christmas Crackers have Evolved | Variety of Designs
Royal Warrants | From 1847 to the Millennium | Tom Smith Catalog Cover 1916 | Tom Smith Catalog Cover 1922 | Tom Smith Catalog Cover 1940