From some of my recent posts you may think I am a bit of a scrooge when it comes to Christmas. This is not true, but I cannot stand the hyped up commercialism that we all now associate with the time of year, and all the tat, plastic and general crap that goes with it. By all means, do buy stuff, but think about it. Please don't buy for the sake of buying - and definitely try and cut the crap and packaging.
Right. Rant over.
But quite hypocritically I suppose, I love crackers. We only have crackers at Christmas, and they are an essential part of the Christmas table. The major drawback is that they are full of the before mentioned crap (yes, even the expensive ones, which are just full of silver plated crap) and everything goes in the bin and cannot be recycled as it is usually embellished with metallic bits to make it 'pretty'.
Alternatives are now being made available however. Ones I love this year are biodegradable and full of flower seeds, so will grow in the garden next year. And the internal crap is replaced with a nice little felt fairtrade keepsake and an eco tip. Nice. Find some here.
Or, why not do a cracker secret Santa? We did this a few years ago, and it was great. Get a make your own cracker set (without metallic bits if you can to allow recycling), give each person a cracker and get them to fill it for their secret Santa for the set budget (we did £1 - challenging but did not break the bank).
And make a no crap rule. Get gran a nice neckscarf from a charity shop, a nice bar of soap, a posh little chocolate - the possibilities are endless...they just need to be small.