Friday, December 9, 2016

English 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.
Gathering around the television or the radio and listening to the Queen's Speech.
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 ..........


12 comments:

Winifred said...

Yes they're the traditions & many are still carried on.

My daughter & I don't eat meat but we still have turkey for everyone else. Definitely Christmas pudding & brandy sauce, nowadays we have to wait an hour or so until the dinner has been digested. My husband's Yorkshire puddings are delicious but take some eating.

Definitely need the Christmas crackers which my grandchildren delight in. I bought some expensive Marks & Spencer ones in the sale last year so hopefully the presents in them are a bit better than the usual naff ones. Hope the jokes are just as silly though.

What I really miss are the fabulous TV shows we used to have from The Two Ronnies, Morecambe & Wise and Victoria Wood. Oh how I miss them.

Happy Christmas!

Betsy Brock said...

How wonderful and so very British! I do wish the crackers had become a tradition here....they look so fun!

Merlesworld said...

We too have a traditional dinner but ours often includes seafood, prawns, salad and pavlova .
Merle.................

Kathy said...

We have various things for Christmas dinner -- different each year. But we always have our Christmas crackers. What is Christmas without wearing your paper crown and laughing at the jokes. Then after dinner we watch the Queen Christmas message on the computer since it is not broadcast over here. What good times you brought to mind.

DJan said...

Such interesting traditions! Very different from what I grew up with. I never heard of Christmas crackers before I "met" you. :-)

donna baker said...

Sounds wonderful Jo. I have Christmas crackers this year that I am hoping are filled with some neat treats. Yours sounds so traditional and I bet it is gorgeous. I haven't resorted to paper plates yet, but it is nigh.

local alien said...

OHHHH The xmas you describe is exactly the xmas we had when I was a child. That rock hard royal icing, the trifle, the sausage rolls, the queen's speech. Memories, memories. If I went back to nz now it would be completely different. Summer picnics, asian cuisine, salads and pavlovas.

I found xmas crackers this year and have a supply for all the family. I have in years past ordered them online but at great cost. I try and keep a few traditions but no one really likes mince pies or xmas pudding. This year I am going to make a chocolate roll.

I miss the carols!!!

Henny Penny said...

Sounds so Christmassy and fun. I was out shopping in TJ Maxx yesterday. I thought about you...they had pretty packages of Christmas crackers. I love the imported foods TJ Maxx sells at Christmas time. Wish I had bought a pack just to see what you're talking about. Maybe I still will. :)

Deb said...

We always had crackers on our table, too as I grew up. Lots of fun and a tradition I like to continue.

L. D. said...

It is so good that you can enjoy the traditions still today. I always look forward to seeing your place at Christmas. My wife is going to make me mince pie if she can one a store that carries the jar of ingredients. The crackers look festive and fun.

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Beautiful memories. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Jayne said...

Wonderful post Jo. I too miss the traditions of Christmas. This year I discovered that World Market has many of things I was missing - mince pies, Christmas crackers, Christmas pudding etc., so we will be heading there in the week to stock up!

And last night, we continued a more recent tradition of our own. We sat down with a glass of Cream Sherry and enjoyed some British Christmas themed comedy on DVD -- including The Good Life, Black Adder's Christmas Carol, Are You Being Served Christmas Special and Last of the Summer Wine.