Thanks to the lovely Eva, here’s my favorite new Christmas tradition:
It’s an English Christmas Cracker.
Eva has gifted them to each family member for the last couple of Christmases, and they are SO MUCH FUN.
First – a description – from this webstore:
“Crackers are decorative party favors widely used in Great Britain to celebrate a variety of special occasions and festive events.
They consist of a beautifully wrapped and decorated cardboard cylinder containing a paper crown (tissue party hat), a motto (British joke or riddle), a snap (popping device), and a small gift or novelty item.
At dinners and parties, crackers are used to decorate individual place settings and are usually opened prior to serving the meal or refreshments.
The pulling of crackers and donning of the party hats creates a relaxed, festive atmosphere certain to get any party function off the ground.”
And, sometimes the little “novelty item” inside is one of these charming yet infuriating wire disentanglement puzzles. Which – in our family – gets passed around the table from person to person as we each try try try to part the pieces, then either somehow succeed or give up with exasperation.
Here’s our sequence of the events:
The pulling of the cracker:
And it breaks apart with a bang!
You root out the gifts inside.
You unfold the paper crown.
You read the joke out loud.
“What did the necktie say to the hat?”
“You go on ahead; I’ll hang around here.”
(On our paper, the punch line was cut off – the fun part was Hubby figuring out what it said. Guess you had to be there.)
We laughed and laughed!
We played for a bit with the wire puzzle,
then we hunkered down to enjoy our meal – soy-maple-syrup-marinated wild salmon, wild rice with onions, and roasted brussels sprouts. YUM.
A bottle of nice red wine with the meal, and Southern ambrosia for dessert – along with maybe a cookie or two.
It was a Wonderful Christmas Day.
Check out these Christmas crackers. They add LIFE to the party. I guarantee they’ll be a hit.
Thank you, dear Eva, for introducing me to my favorite new Christmas tradition!