A Way to Be There In Spirit: Party Crackers Care Package!

Last year, for the first time in 30 years, I had to miss my family's holiday celebration. I pictured them all gathered around the tree in my grandparents' farmhouse, and was determined to be part of the fun...

I carefully packed up "Christmas" crackers for everyone and sent them off to Missouri. Luckily for me, there were only about 30 guests expected last year, rather than the usual 65 (!) aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, and honorary cousins. 65 of anything is a lot to buy or make!Though the box was large, it weighed virtually nothing, so shipping was reasonable. Pretty, pretty crackers like these can be found for as little as $1.50/each (and if you know of someplace that sells them for less, please share!) so thirty of them didn't break the bank. Besides, it was the least I could do for missing Christmas!

My mom told me the crackers were a success, with everyone wearing their flimsy crowns, telling corny jokes, and trading the tacky gifts (tiny playing cards, worthless nail clippers, etc). I would have liked to have been there — this year...


Image: Tess Wilson

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