Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Cracker Traditions

Each year as I'm busying myself with the Christmas decorating, my thoughts turn to home.
The traditions at Christmas that have stood the test of time throughout many English households.

The partaking of mince pies, raspberry trifle, sausage rolls, steamed plum pudding, and Christmas cake laden with dried fruit , marzipan and Royal Icing...hard as a rock.
Afterwards a tipple of traditional sherry, or port, toasting the season and good health to all !

The pulling of the Christmas crackers before eating turkey dinner, wearing the paper party hats, laughing at the silly paper jokes inside, and delighting in the small prizes, most often magic tricks, or plastic trinkets.

Happy times, that are gratefully forever etched in our memories ..........


donna baker said...

I'd like to have Christmas dinner with you Jo. I see all the English things to eat and have never tried. Would love to try the plum pudding or any English pudding for that matter. b,l

Sunny said...

Your memories are so much like my own. I loved the Christmas crackers and hoping to find the sixpence in the Christmas pudding :)
☼ Sunny

Star said...

Yes, I'll be doing all of that soon except we like our Christmas cake with a buttercream icing on top of the marzipan. I make it with half butter, half icing sugar and it is much kinder to one's teeth!
Love the picture of the crackers. I expect you don't have any? because we are not allowed to send them in an airplane, are we.
I hope you keep the traditions alive as much as possible? You and I are lucky to have the traditions from both sides of the Atlantic.
I didn't know what eggnog was until I came to Tennessee. Now I know and I like it.
What are your American traditions?
Blessings, Star

Nellie said...

You brought back nice memories of my first Christmas with my soon-to-be brother-in-law from England. We all wore crowns and popped crackers.


OMG ! you just brought back all the same traditions here that we did when mum and dad were here, thanx! yes the christmas cake ! mum used to make and there always was the icing joke every year that we could brake anything with it cause the icing was hard as a rock! As well as Christmas crackers were always a fav after dinner at the table and her fantastic triffle mmm thanx for the memories ! Have a warm and happy day !

Barbara Anne said...

What a lovely post!

Here's to the traditions that help make us who we are and that link us to loved ones and times that are long gone.


Sharon said...

I think the best traditions are wrapped around food! LOL! We always have fruitcake, no matter what!

Carol said...

And don't forget watching the Queen's speech :)
My dad always made Christmas dinner for us and everything tasted great. His roast potatoes ..... yum.

Margaret said...

What wonderful memories!
Enjoy your holiday!

Doc said...

Your post has awakened fond memories of a life left behind, those were wonderful times for me as well. But then life here as a husband, father and now grandfather has created so many more wonderful memories and traditions. Merry Christmas to you Jo and your family as well.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

How interesting to hear other country's Christmas traditions. I have never heard of pulling of the Christmas crackers before eating turkey... How interesting.....

Thanks for sharing, Jo.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Star: I always ordered my Christmas crackers from the English Imported Foods shops, but if you have acces to HomeGoods Stores they sell them there...lots of them !

AJ-OAKS said...

What wonderful memories you have.
Love the tradition.
I can see all the smiling, happy faces gathered around. :)

The Cottage Garden Farmer said...

I'm amazed to hear that Americans don't have Christmas crackers! But then again, they don't have the Queen's speech either, so you can't win them all!!

George said...

It sounds as if you have a the makings of a perfect Christmas dinner. Several years ago Royal Mail issued a set of stamps featuring Christmas crackers. I have the stamps, but I've never had any Christmas crackers.

Denise said...

All your Christmas memories are dear to my heart. I love your Christmas Cracker design with the Union Jack. I will have to remember where you got them. I already have mine bought at World Market, and will place them at the head of each place setting ready to pull apart.

LiBBy said...

My Scotch-Irish-English granny had 2 rituals she never waned from: 1# milk in the tea. #2 Holiday Crackers. She often made her own. The best were the ones she put dollar bills in. Miss that olde Dame!

LiBBy BuTTons

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hello Jo,
I remember pulling on paper crackers when I was a child but I don't remember where or when it was. I have a feeling it was with my mother's family when my parents were still together (Mom and parents were from Surrey). It was fun...that I DO remember! Enjoy your traditions and your family.
Maura :)