I was surprised and delighted to find Christmas Crackers in Costco yesterday! They are made by the Tom Smith company. Tom Smith invented them about 150 years ago. There was a couple looking them over and they asked me if I knew what they were so I was happy to oblige with a full explanation.
Americans do like to spoil everyone's fun though - there is a warning on the box that they are for adult use only (ages 14+) because of the snap that makes it a cracker. I grew up with them from a very early age and in fact they were and still are a highlight of Christmas dinner. I never realised what danger I was in! We all have to read out our mottos and groan appropriately at their direness and wear our paper hat at least until dinner is over. The contents of the Costco crackers are quite good and are actually aimed at adults. I went back today to buy some more as neighbour gifts - they are very reasonably priced!
We also bought a Costco wreath for the front door as has become a more recent tradition.
Tomorrow we will put up the Christmas tree, but I won't decorate it until it has been fully investigated by the kittens and they have lost interest in it - that may never happen!
I have been knitting my SWS soy/wool yarn and have completed the two fronts of the vest I designed based on a cardie in Target. I think I can say I designed it because when I went to look at it again the cable patterns I am using are in fact completely different to the ones they used. I guess my memory is not what it used to be, but I already knew that :(
I have only just got my head around the fact that Christmas is only a month away and have been thinking what to get. I now have 4 projects to complete PDQ to get them to their destinations in time. It's lucky I work best under pressure. Christmas puddings have to be made sometime very soon too!
It is my intention to do a little bit for the environment this year by using Furoshiki to wrap my Christmas presents. I hope recipients will reuse them!