Smorgasbord Posts from Your Christmas Archives – The Custom and Origins of Christmas Crackers from A Bit About Britain

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Another little bit of Christmas tradition courtesy of Mike of A Bit About Britain.  We have always had Christmas Crackers on the table on the day and I seem to remember that we even took them with us on our times living abroad as a child, just in case they were not available.

The Custom and Origins of Christmas Crackers from A Bit About Britain

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without a cracker or two.

We take traditions for granted but, when you think about it, some of them are pretty odd. Amongst the more bizarre compulsory customs for a good Christmas in Britain are Christmas crackers – and I refer, not to dry biscuits eaten with cheese and pâté, but to short tubes of cardboard covered with coloured paper, twisted at both ends, each typically containing a novelty or toy, a joke and a paper hat. There is…

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