Crackers

Photo of Nutcracker Christmas CrackersI adore Christmas Crackers! They have been a family tradition since I first discovered them as a newlywed. I love to use them to adorn wrapped Christmas presents, place settings at holiday meals and party favors. They make a fun hostess gift, too. Just be sure to supply enough for everyone!

I just picked these up yesterday at a Pop Up Shop at our local library (next weekend the shop pops up in Westwood). All of the proceeds go to support our libraries and the gift items on hand are so well curated, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list!

Crackers usually contain, a small – often whimsical – gift (whistle, charm, puzzle, plastic mustache, pocket knife, mini-playing cards), a paper crown – which you must insist everyone wear – at least long enough to snap a picture (no one ever really wants to do this, until they do it. It’s very silly, memorable and can be a great icebreaker, if the snapping of the crackers has somehow failed to accomplish the task) and a fortune or joke (often not particularly funny).

While I was writing this to share with you, I discovered that they are selling Shop for all new Christmas decor at Williams-Sonoma Home!“>Williams-Sonoma and various department stores. They are fun for New Year’s eve, too (and they usually go on sale after Christmas). The more expensive ones ($30-$50) generally have better prizes in them, but you can make a memory with any variety. Get crackin’ and have a happy holiday!

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