The things that hold families together are often funny little family traditions, those memories that keep on returning: family feasts and secret sibling gifts, a very last minute Christmas tree and for us a New Year Tree. The New Year Tree came about with my crazy need to start a year fresh. The week before Christmas and New Year we just rest and relax and feast. By the time New Year comes around I am ready for a fresh clean start… clean floors, counters, sheets – the works. While we prepare the New Year meal, our children box up and pack away the Christmas decorations and memories. Motivation is high, they know they are going to wake up on New Years Day to a New Year Tree…
I collect little treats to go on the tree… fun shoelaces, pipe cleaners, streamers, funky stationary finds and of course crackers. For the last two years I have completely “forgotten” to buy crackers, hoping that everyone would forget about them. Crackers are alarmingly expensive for what they are, and filled with the same old things that nobody wants five-minutes later. Of course, there was a certain hood who kept mentioning that I had forgotten to buy crackers… clearly there is something about a little surprise that arrives with a bang. The very vocal yearning got to me, so I quickly whipped up a heap of instantaneous Christmas crackers.
How to Make the Quickest Crackers Ever
- Coloured printer paper
- A cracker banger
- A sticker
- Two little elastics
- And a skinny treat: Any number of beautiful pens, glitter glue, anything really…
- Place your treat with the “cracker bang” across the paper and roll them into a tube.
- Close your tube with a sticker.
- Then pinch your paper tube at the ends of the treat, and secure them closed with your little elastic bands.
- That’s it… really that quick and easy. They are ready to be put between the branches of the tree and they are good for popping just like that.
I can imagine we can use these to liven up birthday gifts and even valentine treats for little friends. The New Year Tree is of course emptied of surprises really fast, and right now the tree is in the garden drying out and waiting for an under-the-stars-marshmallow-feast down the line.