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I never grew up with Christmas crackers. They’re more British than North American, I think. Basically, a cracker is a tube with a little fire cracker inside that snaps and pops when you pull it apart. And inside the tube there is a little paper hat to wear and a little toy of some sort.


Photo by Amelia Wells

One year, my son saw Christmas crackers on a British TV show (Mr. Bean), and he decided that we must have them for our Christmas, too. So that year, we bought them. They have them in the stores here in Canada, I’d just never bought them before!

And a tradition was born. ๐Ÿ™‚

So my last shopping trip, I made sure to pick up some Christmas crackers, just to make sure we’d have them for Christmas dinner.

I’m normally a big fan of traditions that go way back in our family, like opening gifts on Christmas Eve, eating mandarin oranges, watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas… But I also love the new ones that sprung up with our own little family.

Do any of you use Christmas crackers for your festivities?