Christmas Traditions!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

Another “Key Ingredient” to our Christmas Traditions at Chestnut Cottage is CHRISTMAS CRACKERS! I always have Christmas Crackers for our Christmas Eve Dinner. I love seeing both adults and children at the table with paper crowns atop their heads!  It helps us not take ourselves too seriously! Plus, the other little trinkets inside the crackers are fun after a big Christmas Eve meal.

Christmas crackers are a traditional Christmas favorite in the United Kingdom. Families can be found sitting around their dining tables enjoying a traditional Christmas meal–and all–regardless of age, wearing colored paper hats.  It is rumored that even the Queen wears her paper hat at Christmas lunch!

Christmas crackers have been a British tradition dating back to Victorian times. London confectioner ,Tom Smith,  started adding a little motto to his sugared almond bon-bons, which he wrapped in a twisted paper package.  These were not a big seller at the time he introduced them.  One night while he was sitting in front of his fire, he became very interested in the sparks and cracks coming from the fire.  Suddenly, he thought what a fun idea it would be, if his sweets and toys could be opened with a crack, when their fancy wrappers were pulled in half.  Soon his sugared almond treats were replaced with a small gift.  Originally sold as the Cosaque, it soon became known by the public as the “cracker”.  The paper hat was added to the cracker in the early 1900s by his son and by the end of the 1930s, the little poems and jokes and puzzles were added.  The idea of wearing a paper crown may have originated from the Twelfth Night celebrations, where a King or Queen was appointed to look over the proceedings.

I keep a fairly good stock of Christmas crackers that I find on my travels.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

I love all the variety of cracker “themes”.  There is certainly a design  to fill every Christmas entertaining style!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

I do love these musical crackers!

Most cracker sets will indicate on the back what you may expect to find inside.  This is helpful when considering the makeup of your guests!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

These crackers can also double as a place card, with the attached tag!

Such fun finding all the little surprises inside the crackers…especially the colorful crowns!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

There are so many Christmas cracker options on the market, one is bound to find just the perfect one for your holiday décor.

From The English Tea Store, you will find these lovely plaid crackers from Tom Smith.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

Or these holly crackers…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

And these cream and gold snowflake crackers, are also from the English Tea Store.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

Caspari (www.casparionline.com) has a nice range of crackers, from these green Lynn Haney Santa crackers…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

To these Nutcrackers…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

I think my favorite Caspari crackers are these “Boxwood” crackers.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

Amazon also has a wonderful selection of Christmas crackers…

Little Elves…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

Racing Reindeer…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

And these lovely Frosty Trees…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

Toy Shop Crackers…

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

And of course, Twelve Days of Christmas Crackers!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

Or perhaps this Reindeer Game Party Cracker Set at Pier 1!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

With all of these great options, you must add the key ingredient of Christmas cracker fun to your holiday entertaining. Make Christmas crackers one of your Christmas traditions!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents christmas traditions

xo Kathryn

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7 Responses to Christmas Traditions!

  1. franki says:

    I’ve never seen so many “crackers” as I have this year! Finally found a package with 12…they’re on my counter top right now!! franki

  2. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Great, they are SO much fun!

  3. Luke says:

    Those nutcracker crackers are adorable. I wonder if I could find some with owls…LOL

  4. Phyllis Prevost says:

    Kathy I really admire your accomplishments and talent

  5. Kathryn Greeley says:

    In that I am one of your BIGGEST fans Phyllis, I take that as a REAL compliment!! Merry Christmas!

  6. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Hum…in all of my “cracker searching” I haven’t seen any Luke. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if you found them!

  7. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Thanks, glad you enjoyed the post! Happy New Year!

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