Well, we've gone and created this fun new personalised product - but where does the Christmas Cracker originate from?
All over Britain on Christmas Day, families can be found sitting
around their dining tables enjoying a traditional lunch of roast turkey
with all the trimmings – and all, regardless of age, wearing coloured
paper hats. It is rumoured that even the Queen wears her paper hat over
lunch! So why this quaint tradition? Where do these paper hats come
from? The answer is the Christmas Cracker.
Christmas crackers are a British tradition dating back to Victorian times when in the early 1850s, London confectioner Tom Smith started adding a motto to his sugared almond bon-bons which he sold wrapped in a twisted paper package. As many of his bon-bons were bought by men to give to women, many of the mottos were simple love poems. He was inspired to add the “bang” when he heard the crackle of a log he had just put on the fire. He decided to make a log shaped package that would produce a surprise bang and inside would be an almond and a motto. Soon the sugared almond was replaced with a small gift. Originally sold as the Cosaque it soon became known by the public as the ‘cracker’. The paper hat was added to the cracker in the early 1900s by his sons and by the end of the 1930s, the love poems had been replaced by jokes or limericks. The cracker was soon adopted as a traditional festive custom and today virtually every household has at least one box of crackers to pull over Christmas.