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Christmas with Crackers

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The History of Christmas Crackers

Tom Smith Christmas CrackersThe story of the traditional English Christmas cracker begins in France. While on holiday there, Tom Smith, an English confectioner, discovered “bonbons”, sugared almonds individually wrapped in a twist of waxed paper.

Tom brought the idea to England and marketed his bonbons for Christmas. They were a big success but other manufacturers copied his idea. Inspired by the Chinese New Year crackers containing predictions, he included love mottos in his sweets.

Looking for more novelty, one day Tom (so the story goes) kicked a piece of log which had fallen from the fire and the resulting spark gave him an idea to make sweets to be pulled with a bang: Christmas Crackers.

He invented cracker snaps – two strips of chemically impregnated paper which cracked when pulled apart. Later a surprise gift was added to the crackers and the mottos were replaced by jokes. Christmas crackers as we know them were born.

Poinsetta Christmas Crackers

Christmas Naturally

  • Fill Your Own Christmas Crackers
  • Game Cards Christmas Crackers

Childrens Crackers

  • Childrens Crackers
  • Penguin Childrens Crackers
  • Reindeer Childrens Crackers
  • Polar Party Christmas Crackers
  • Toy Chest Christrmas Crackers

Classic Crackers x6

  • All That Glitters Silver Christmas Crackers
  • Boughs of Holly Christmas Crackers
  • Bright Trees Christmas crackers
  • Festive Foliage Christmas crackers
  • Haversham Christmas crackers
  • London Bridge Christmas Crackers
  • Nutcracker
  • Red Snow Trees Christmas Crackers

Classic Crackers x12

  • Bows Berries Christmas Crackers
  • Christmas Bouquet Christmas crackers
  • Father Christmas Christmas crackers
  • Festive Stag Christmas crackers
  • Gold Glitter Foliage Christmas crackers
  • red tree flakes

Designer Crackers x6

  • Berry Garland Christmas crackers
  • Red Nutcracker Collectibles Christmas Crackers
  • Snowflakes Christmas Crackers

Designer Crackers x12

  • glitzy waltz
  • Sparkle Spots Christmas Crackers
  • Twinkle Christmas Crackers

Fun Crackers

  • Abracadabra Christmas crackers
  • Concerto Music Christmas Crackers
  • Game Cards Christmas Crackers
  • Reindeer