Pulling the christmas crackers is as much part of our Christmas lunch table, as the turkey or the flaming pudding - simply essential.
The crack as the snapper snaps, the silly paper hats that everyone has to wear, the appalling jokes and the tiny gifts, it all adds to the festive table and general fun.
This year, I'm not sure why, I was looking for something different, and when back in England last month I saw some fill-your-own crackers : "that would be fun" I cried and piled several boxes into my shopping cart. Ha! I had no idea .......
The space allowed for the gift is REALLY small. I used the first set of crackers at our pre-christmas lunch last weekend. The challenge was to find a gift for each person at the table, that was small, fun, and that fits into the cracker.
Working on the basis that I'm not intending to gift diamond rings (how strange!), I came up with lots of ideas for girls: lip gloss, fun earrings, little sachets of bath salts, nail varnish .... but of course, (and why am I not surprised?!) the boys proved way more difficult. A magic trick for a youngster, a decorative wine cork for another ...grrr! ........... not even socks will fit into the cracker body!
Any ideas have to:
fit into 4" or 10 cm long and 2" or 5cm in diameter
and be fun fun fun!
I am all ears!
photos thanks to pinterest