img_1659I love this time of year.

I love the preparations, the bustle, the shopping, the wrapping I love it all! I have fond memories of Christmases in England. The traditional Christmas lunch, with turkey, stuffing, brussel sprouts (yes, they were cool even before the hipsters found them), Christmas cake and mince pies.

One of my absolute favorite traditions that I have brought with me to the US, is having Christmas Crackers at our Christmas lunch. You may have seen them in Pier One or World Market.

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They are a beautiful way to decorate your table and they are great fun! All crackers have basically the same thing inside them. A cardboard tube filled with a tissue paper hat, a joke, and a small prize (think Cracker Jack box). A little silly fun on Christmas Day.

What I really love about the tradition is that everyone from the queen at Buckingham palace, to the family in Westward Ho, Devon who sits down to celebrate Christmas in England puts on their silly little tissue hat and wears that hat all day! They tell and retell the jokes and ooooh and ahhh over the silly prizes.

Photo recreation not of actual royal family.

Whatever your family traditions are I hope you celebrate with those you love and have a very Happy New Year!

You can read more about the history of Christmas Crackers Here.

A few Christmas Cracker Jokes !!

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

Claustrophobia!

Why does Santa have three gardens?

So he can ‘ho ho ho’!

Why did Santa’s helper see the doctor?

Because he had a low “elf” esteem!

Who delivers presents to cats?

Santa Paws!