December 16, 2010
crackers at Christmas
One of my favourite Christmas traditions is Christmas crackers (bon-bons). Some of my earliest memories of Christmas are of trips to the shops to find crackers for the Christmas table. I think this trip was one of the few times we went to the shops and saw all the store decorations during Christmas.
These days, I’m unmoved by crackers I find in shops - they seem pricey with worthless gifts inside. But I can’t have Christmas without crackers, so I began making my own.
To make your own you can buy kits with crackers to assemble, jokes, hats and a snap. Or you can buy packs of snaps and make your own from scratch – here are some directions online. You can also carefully open store-bought crackers and insert your own gifts.
Homemade crackers make a great present for adults who you want to give a little something to, but don’t necessarily want to spend a lot of money on. They are also a lovely way to present any small (but not fragile!) gift.
Some ideas of what to put in crackers
chocolates, candy canes or other sweets
small Christmas ornaments
stationery – small pens, stamps, erasers, chalk
mini bottles of alcohol
beauty items – nail file, polish, manicure kit, lip gloss
small tools – screwdriver, measuring tape
Do you have crackers (bon-bons) at Christmas? What are your favourite Christmas traditions?