It might have begun with thinking about what to have for lunch and wondering if we had enough of our favorite chips to go with some sandwiches.
Thinking about chips made me recall the way I used to eat the potato chips Mom sent in my school lunches. I would sort out the potato chips and always, always, ate the small broken ones first before eating the whole chips. And those I ate from the smallest to the largest in size. (Saving the best for last?)
Why do we save the best for last? Does that have something to do with eating dessert - because we eat it last?
Naturally thinking about my favorite chips led to me thinking about their relatives, the crackers.
The pretzel thins with sea salt shown here are almost the same as FlipSides except for the shape. I don't know if these are taking the place of FlipSides or if they are just something special for Christmas. Weren't there some crackers in the shape of Christmas trees once?
Christmas crackers? That's a whole 'nother topic. Just ask a Brit, Irishman, Australian or Canadian if you want to know about Christmas crackers. (Or look it up like I did.)
I learned that Christmas crackers have been around since 1847 when Tom Smith of London invented them to sell as an addition to his candy business. I wonder if my English and Irish forebears looked forward to pulling Christmas crackers as youngsters?
It was a journey from potato chips to Christmas Crackers, but that is how my mind wanders. I also learned about the Finsbury Square drinking fountain commemorating Tom Smith and his wife Martha. (You can look that one up for yourself if your mind works the way mine does.)