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Christmas Tree Just a thought..do you have Christmas Crackers in the States?

Do you have Christmas Crackers in the States or is it a UK custom?
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They are available here but from what I'm told they aren't very good compared to the UK. It is pretty much a UK tradition.
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Ah right ok, Just that I posted something up about about Christmas Crackers and I wondered to myself if anyone knew what I was talking about as I ahve never heard them mentioned much on here or ever seen them in films.
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I was actually curious as to what Christmas crackers are. I don't think we have 'em in Canada??? At least...I've never heard of it. What is it?
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This article is about the holiday item. For the episode of Only Fools and Horses, see Christmas Crackers (Only Fools and Horses). For the animated short, see Christmas Cracker (film).


Two Christmas crackers
Christmas crackers or bon-bons are an integral part of Christmas celebrations in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. They are also popular in Ireland. A cracker consists of a cardboard tube wrapped in a brightly decorated twist of paper, making it resemble an oversized sweet-wrapper. The cracker is pulled by two people, and, much in the manner of a wishbone, the cracker splits unevenly. The split is accompanied by a small bang or snapping sound produced by the effect of friction on a chemically impregnated card strip (similar to that used in a cap gun).
Crackers are typically pulled at the Christmas dinner table or at parties. In one version of the cracker tradition, the person with the larger portion of cracker empties the contents from the tube and keeps them. In another each person will have their own cracker and will keep its contents regardless of whose end they were in. Typically these contents are a coloured paper hat or crown; a small toy, small plastic model or other trinket and a motto, a joke or piece of trivia on a small strip of paper.[1]
Assembled crackers are typically sold in boxes of three to twelve. These typically have different designs usually with red, green and gold colors. Making crackers from scratch using the tubes from used toilet rolls and tissue paper is a common Commonwealth activity for children. Kits to make crackers can also be purchased.
Crackers are also a part of New Year celebrations in Russia (where they are called хлопушка - khlopushka) and some countries of the former Soviet Union. Those are however more similar to pyrotechnical devices, normally used outdoors, activated by one person, and produce a stronger bang accompanied by fire and smoke.
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I think that's a Georgia thing. BradMac?
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Sure do,I had them growing up and continue it with mine. Love them.
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I've seen them on store shelves and in "Are You Being Served?" and "Mr. Bean," but never experienced them in person.
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I've seen them in specialty stores & places like Ross, Marshall's, and TJ Maxx near the holiday season. But I never knew the story behind them. How interesting! I'll have to buy some this year. Thanks for the info.
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Sure do,I had them growing up and continue it with mine. Love them.
LOL, Dorothy you are not in Georgia any longer but we do eat crackers with our gumbo traditionally served on Christmas Eve. hehehehe
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