Christmas Crackers And Their Fascinating History
Crackers were first made in 1850 by a London sweet maker called Tom Smith who decided it would a fun idea if his sweets and toys opened with a crack when their fancy wrappers were pulled in half.
He first started wrapping bonbons and novelties in tissue paper in the 1840s and decided it would be fun to put them into a cardboard tube. Later on, he added the cracker to add to the fun. The idea came after seeing sugared almonds wrapped in twists of paper in Paris.
In the countries that now use them, a cracker is set next to each plate on the Christmas dinner table and a colorful party hat, a toy or gift and a festive joke falls out when the cracker is pulled in half with a loud bang. The party hats look like crowns, supposedly to symbolize the crowns worn by the Wise Men.
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