Christmas Crackers

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Christmas Crackers

Christmas Crackers
Christmas Crackers

Christmas Crackers are brightly coloured decorations. They consist of a tube of card, usually containing a paper hat, a small gift and a motto or joke, and covered in Christmas wrapping paper, twisted at either end.The crackers are often decorated with ribbons and pictures.

The idea developed from French ‘bon bons’, and was introduced by Tom Smith to Britain. The cracker contains a ‘snap’, which bangs when the cracker is pulled by two people. The person holding the largest end wins the contents of the cracker. An alternative is that each person has a cracker and keeps the contents, even if they don’t ‘win’.

Crackers are used to decorate Christmas trees, and are also often placed on the table.  They can be pulled and each person can wear a hat at dinner.  The hats are usually crown shaped. As the jokes are often awful, this can cause much groaning and laughter around the table.

Making Christmas crackers is an enjoyable craft activity for children. materials needed are the inside of a toilet roll and some tissue or crepe paper. They can place little gifts or sweets in the crackers.  This can also be a nice way for adults to wrap small presents.

Christmas Cracker Jokes

As mentioned above, part of the fun of crackers is the awful jokes. Some  of the funniest examples are below:

Christmas Crackers
Christmas Crackers

What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney?


What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?

A Christmas Quacker!

Who is Santa’s favorite singer?

Elf-is Presley!

Why are Christmas trees so bad at sewing?

They always drop their needles!

What athlete is warmest in winter?

A long jumper!

What type of Shoes does Santa wear when he travels on a train?


And saving the best for last…

What did Santa do when he went speed dating?

He pulled a cracker.

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