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Christmas Crackers

When you make Christmas crackers a part of your holiday tradition, you bring a decoration, a game, and a present all in one little festive package. Break open some fun at your next Christmas celebration with a couple boxes of genuine Christmas crackers. If you’ve been searching for something fun and festive for Christmas, make Christmas crackers your new family holiday tradition. This page gives you some great ideas for uses of many different sized Christmas crackers, so you can pick the right one for your celebration!

What are Christmas Crackers?

Christmas crackers are a traditional holiday treat invented by Tom Smith in London, England in the mid-1800’s. They became an important part of British Christmas tradition during Victorian times. Since then, popularity has expanded to include many other countries, including the United States and Canada. Each Christmas cracker is made from a thin tube of cardboard, covered in a bright festive wrapping paper. To reach the fun found inside your Christmas crackers: grab a friend, each take an end, tug to open the tube and create a fun “snapping” sound.

Christmas Crackers

The snap in a Christmas cracker is made by two thin strips of cardboard with a dab of aggregate material on one end of each piece. When you pull on each end, the friction created by the tugging action causes the aggregate-treated pieces to rub together and make a small but surprising snapping sound. Each Christmas cracker is filled with fabulous goodies, including: a brightly-colored tissue crown, a small toy or game, and a goofy riddle or corny joke.

How to use a Christmas Cracker

To make festive Christmas crackers a part of your holiday season, you will first need to decide how you want to use your Christmas crackers. Are you giving them as party favors, are they strictly decorations, or are you planning on using them as both? The larger size Christmas crackers are ideal for lying across a dinner plate. It will instantly transform any holiday tableware into a festive Christmas display. And when your guests are all gathered around the table, they will each have a little surprise to open to get them in the holiday mood. You could also take some decorative ribbon and use it to tie the middle or smaller sizes onto a tree for a Christmas tree decoration.

When it’s time to open presents, kids and adults will both enjoy taking turns removing a Christmas cracker from the tree and finding the treats hidden inside. But make sure you have enough Christmas crackers for everyone, because once you open one you’ll have to keep yourself from opening them all! They're inexpensive, fun to use, and a great holiday surprise for everyone. Check out all of our Christmas decorations at However you decide to use your Christmas crackers, make sure you get enough for all of your guests!