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Friday, December 21, 2018
Don’t be fooled by the name – this isn’t a biscuit-style cracker, or in fact edible at all. Rather, a Christmas cracker is a cardboard tube covered in decorative paper and tied into twists at both end with a prize inside it (usually a paper crown, a bad Christmas joke, and a novelty item such as a mini pack of cards or a comb).
Everyone has a cracker by their seat at the table. You and a partner both pull an end, and the cracker splits with a bang – there’s a ‘snap’ inside that makes a noise. The person who has the larger end wins.
You usually wear the crown for 5 minutes until it falls off, read the jokes out loud to a tableful of groans, and then forget to take your gift home with you, so whoever clears up gets 12 giant paperclips and flimsy screwdrivers.
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