Every year it is the one time in Autumn towards the end of May that I get more than just excited that all of our friends and family would gather at someone’s property together to surround the huge pile up the rubbish from the garden that was pruned and paddocks cleared from the crop of that season and all of it needing burning off leaving the garden and paddocks fresh for the next season. I remember so fondly and smile often remembering that along with that night went the big bbq and the best was that every mum would lovingly prepare their specialty dish and dessert treats to share with everyone, my favourites were my mum’s Cream Puffs you seriously haven’t had a cream puff until you’ve had my mum’s and our dear friend Keryn’s Jelly Slice and this was what I asked her to make for my present when I turned 18 and that wasn’t yesterday, oh my I feel old. As we pile into our ‘red van’ to travel to wherever cracker night is we finally arrive in the late afternoon just before dark and are all eagerly in the car sitting and waiting patiently to see of who else will be there and who we had to play with. Firstly we would muster up as many torches as we could so the games could begin firstly it was usually chasings each other around the bombfire, well that was until we go into trouble for not seeing the obvious danger of running round a fire! So then the game of ‘murder in the dark’ would begin! Now the finding of the best hiding spot was on and the instruction was always not to go too far from any light that would allow us to find our way back! We were usually in pairs so no one would get lost or left out especially while our parents would much enjoy the get together with their friends, the dad’s cooking the bbq beers in the hand and sharing the tall tales of either farm work, fishing trips and how big the last catch was or the type of fishing lure that was used and what river was the best fishing at the moment, in another area was the gathering of mum’s enjoying the much needed adult conversation whilst the children entertained and looked after themselves. I am sure there were many recipes shared, tips and general how’s life going conversations.
This year was truly a great treat as my Brother and Sister-in-law hosted the best ‘Cracker Night’ I think I have ever been too! Rugged up in our beanies and coats we arrive to a beautiful scattering of helium balloons of lawn area in front of the ‘main event’ and all were anchored with large nuts and bolts creating a beautiful maze for all the children to enjoy and picnic tables set up so mum’s and dad’s could take a load off and relax, even more exciting was each child could take home a balloon to remember their night. There was the 44 Gallon drum fire pots scattered around for warmth and the biggest bombfire I think I can ever seen.
And seriously now the important part is the food and we all couldn’t thank my sister-in-laws sister for the most amazingly delicious grazing platter that kept everyone constantly feed all night so yummy and it looked so very amazing, I have never tried to do one before but its now something I desperately want to put together just for me ……. Ha ha. So watching the set up it was a large trestle table with brown card paper lining the table and then it was creatively scattering all the cheeses, meats, fruits and chocolate with crackers throughout, to look at the pictures now still has the WOW factor!
And then there was good old Dad and his expertise bbq culinary cooking skills to keep the sausages steaks and hamburgers coming along to satisfy hungry bellies while socialising, Thanks Dad!
Now for the big event !!! we’ve all being patiently waiting for it has arrived FIREWORKS!!!!!! We gather the kids to the safe space where we can all stand together and enjoy the show. My brother and his best mates put on the best show that I have ever witnessed. All the kids jumped with excitement as each one was it the air bang bang bang whistle whistle whistle crackle crackle crackle and the close crowd clapping laughing and wanting more. At the conclusion a huge noice of applause, whistles and cheers for a job more than just well done it was OUTSTANDING. Kory and Rosie are still saying they have the best Uncle ever! It now makes our childhood sparklers look a little bit dismal now!
The fireworks are finished and we are now on to do some more socialising yay! I know was enjoying the food and it was continuing to be being enjoyed by all over a few drinks, the laughter was getting louder, music getting louder and the children’s play was bringing so many smiles and giggles.
Now I know there was a lot said in the general traditional media and on social media about Cracker Night’s and the debate on whether they should be allowed or not well my belief is this, in this crazy busy life we live today we get the opportunity to look forward to the one night a year we are allowed to have firework celebrations within our own family/friends circle on private properties and lets please continue to celebrate that concept. Cracker night can bring many people together to meet and share fellowship and their lives and opens the possibility to form new friendships of children and adults alike. It is also shows much fun can be had by being outside with our loved ones by simply surrounding a fire and engaging in just general conversations about life especially with people that we may not usually have contact with this can be so very encouraging for everyone. So for me Cracker Night can stay and once (very soon we pray) we are able to purchase our own acreage and I look so forward to hosting our very own Cracker Night very soon with a massive paddock banquet to match! I very much look forward to that day!