History of Christmas Crackers — a British Tradition
For readers not familiar with the British tradition of Christmas crackers: they are brightly colored paper tubes that are placed on each plate at Christmas parties. The tube, when pulled on each end, it breaks open with a cracking – exploding – sound. A paper slip with a joke and a paper crown fall out.
Christmas crackers were invented by Thomas Smith in 1846 when he was visiting Paris. He came across a bon-bon, a sugar-almond wrapped in tissue paper. Smith began importing bon-bons to England.
The bob-bons sold well in England at Christmas but not other times of the year.
In the 1850s, Smith started putting mottos in the bob-bons. As bon-bons were often bought by men to give to women, many of the mottos were love poems.
In 1860, Smith added the banger — two strips of chemically impregnated paper that made a cracking sound when pulled apart.
Over time, jokes replaced the love poems.
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