Crackers are a quintessential British Christmas tradition – no Christmas dinner would be complete without a cracker laid at each person’s place setting. They are pulled open by crossing arms around the table and each person holding an end of a cracker in each hand. Everyone pulls at the same time and snap! they explode open to reveal a tissue paper hat (typically too big for children – almost everyone has a toddler photo of themselves in an oversize Christmas hat, falling down over one eye), a joke and a toy. We wear the hats for the duration of the Christmas dinner without shame or embarrassment, even though to the outsider they might look a little ridiculous…
For your entertainment, here’s a picture of me circa 1979 – I’m the baby in the highchair! It’s ok, feel free to giggle!
Now that I’m a US resident, crackers are a little harder to come by, but I see them popping up more and more frequently in specialty stores during the holidays. You can also purchase kits and make your own, which is what I have done. New Year’s Crakers are not typical, but why not?! They are so fun and any crafter would love the opportunity to create a personalized party piece.
I then added my own little embellishment made by cutting wire with my 6″ Amplify Mixed Media Shears and with a hot glue gun adhered some sparkly stars.
However you celebrate the New Year, I really hope it goes with a bang! Happy New Year to you all!
(Oh and if you want to know why a t-rex can’t clap…it’s becuase it’s extinct!!)