I’ve always loved the idea of Christmas crackers. One year, in an office white elephant exchange, a box of Christmas crackers briefly entered and exited my possession. They were the real British kind, that made a cracking sound and were filled with prizes and paper hats.
Disappointed but determined to have my own crackers, a little googling showed me that they were pretty easy to make, and now it’s one of our traditions. All you need is a few cardboard tubes (spent wrapping paper tubes are perfect), tape, string or ribbon, and wrapping paper. For the prizes that go inside, I make paper crowns and add a few chocolate candies. Traditionally small toys also go into the crackers, but since there aren’t currently any children in our family, I think it’s fun to throw in a few scratch tickets.
We had a lot of fun with these last Christmas when my in-laws were visiting. This year, we’re spending part of Christmas day with friends and I’m planning to bring my homemade crackers along. Hopefully everyone will be as excited to wear paper crowns as I am.