Q:Where do you find chilli beans?
A: At the north pole!
Q:How much did Santa pay for his sleigh?
A:Nothing – it was on the house!
Who has never heard these very typical Christmas cracker jokes or never had the pleasure of wearing a Christmas crown proudly?
If you answered both questions with a confused “NO” we need to organise a very British Christmas dinner one day.
How does that sound?
What are Christmas crackers?
They are Bonbon shaped Christmas surprises that traditionally include a paper crown, a gift and a joke written on a small piece of paper
How does it work?
It requires a minimum of two people (two hands really) . Both ends are pulled away from each other until you hear the magical pop. Whoever ends up with the full side of the cracker wins its treasures and can crown him/herself King or Queen of the night.
In the end we all enjoy our own individual coronation.
(Its a bit like the whole 7 kingdoms situation, lots of Games but sadly no thrones)
Where do they come from?
It was the Victorians of course, Surprise!!
Tom Smith is credited with becoming the inventor of the famous Christmas Cracker in the mid 1800s ( around 1847). It was the crackle sound of a log hitting the fire which inspired him… rumour has it.
Sales of his Bonbons ( how cool is that job) had dropped and he needed to come up with a great marketing tactic.
BOOM, quite literally.
In order for his Bonbons to crackle he needed to first make them bigger, as extra space was needed for the banger mechanism (its achieved by a chemical reaction- to put it simply) and fill them with delights that would make people smile.
They were sold for special occasions and soon became a Christmas Must-have.
I think he succeeded, would you agree?
Knock knock. Who’s there?
What a cracker!