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Day 10 – Christmas Crackers: The Origin

So I open my advent calender (One is never too old!) and this morning it has a mini chocolate Christmas cracker in it. And it got me thinking; who on earth came up with them? the idea of a paper tube wrapped in pretty paper filled with trinkets, a joke and a funky paper hat, that you pull apart making a loud bang.

Well… It seems that the man who made crackers was actually a sweet maker. He wanted to get more people to buy his sweets and so he put a poem/joke/lymaric inside them (much like a fortune cookie). A little while later he added the bang. He found that they were incredibly popular at Christmas but not really at other time of the year and so he added a paper hat and called it a Christmas cracker. And thus the tradition was born.

But you tell me, when was the last time you had a sweet in a Christmas cracker? Crazy huh?!


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Luke B

Luke B started life on his day of birth, strangely. He enjoys artistic and creative pursuits such as painting, drawing, sculpture, music, 3D graphics, video games and everything else. He builds websites as his day-job and builds personal ones in his spare time. He also likes Lego.

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