An old-fashioned Christmas cracker is a paper tube that is wrapped in brightly colored paper and twisted at both ends. Crackers have been a part of celebrations since Victorian times. Paper crackers typically contain a paper crown (tissue party hat), a joke, and a small gift or novelty item. Crackers can be gifted as tree ornaments, stocking stuffers, or welcome gifts for visiting friends and family at Christmas.
Historically, Christmas crackers have been around since the early 1850s, when London confectioner and baker Tom Smith began adding a motto to his sugared almond bon-bons which he sold in twisted paper. In the early 1900s, Tom’s sons added the paper hat to the crackers, and by the end of the 1930s, the love poems that were originally in the crackers had been replaced with jokes or limericks.
Today, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without the fun filled crackers at the table. Elves’ Best Christmas Crackers have carried on that old age tradition.
Each cracker contains a paper crown, a joke, and a gift, and is made with thick paper stock and finished with ribbon. Among the gifts are chocolate, dog biscuits, a nutcracker, ornaments, and Rudolph’s nose. Which cracker you choose depends on what gifts you get.
Crackers make a popping sound when they are pulled using a device called a “Cracker Snap.”
Christmas Crackers DIY
Elves’ Best Christmas Crackers provides all the supplies you need to make your own DIY Christmas Crackers. Each Christmas Cracker Kit contains beautifully designed, high-quality wrapping paper, colourful paper crowns, cracker snaps, pre-measured ribbon, and a variety of family-friendly party cracker jokes.
You can fill them with any gifts you like, and even personalize them for each of your dinner guests.
You can gift any trinkets that fit inside the cardboard tube for Christmas crackers. Check out these fun ideas:
- Christmas chocolate
- Friendship bracelet
- key chains
- Hair scrunchie
- LEGO mini figure
- Lip balm
- Pencil topper
- Christmas tree ornament
- Toy car
Feel free to share any other great ideas for Christmas cracker gifts in the comments!
As well as a paw patrol miniature figure, each of our crackers contained a piece of chocolate. It was a huge hit with our recipients. Despite our best efforts, we only managed to make three crackers instead of six. Be careful when pulling the ribbon so tight that the spleens don’t split..
Kids’ Christmas Crackers
Rudolph’s nose was included, as well as a great Pull Back Eraser. Also included was a Kinder Surprise chocolate.
There is no time like treat time for dogs, so the Elves have included some lovely fresh biscuits in these crackers, as well as a a dog activity sheet with dog jokes, trivia, charades, puzzles and a dog paper hat.
Holiday Christmas Crackers with Wooden Nutcrackers
In German folklore, nutcrackers were kept as keepsakes to bring good luck and protection to your family. Nutcrackers are believed to represent strength and power and to protect your family from evil spirits and danger. This cracker contains adorable 2 3/4″ wooden nutcrackers with a gold hanger for hanging on your tree or in your window!
The Cracker Elves know you will love Heavenly Chocolates Christmas Crackers. They each contain delicious chocolates.
The question is, what do we do with them? To begin with, you need someone to play with. Pulling towards each other, each person grabs the end of the cracker and pulls until the cardboard tube cracks.
There is no set way to use these, as every household has its own rules and traditions. It is very common for the person who asked to play to keep the gift that will fall out of the tube, and therefore this person will also wear the hat. People claim that the crown represents the three wise men, but no one knows for sure.
Are Christmas Crackers a tradition in your house?