Saturday, December 15, 2018

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 ..........


11 comments:

donna baker said...

Jo, when you open them, do show us a picture of the contents please. Donna@gather

Deb said...

Never a Christmas dinner without them for us, too. :) It's a fun tradition.

Kathy said...

My husband, sister and I look forward to hearing the Queen Christmas message each year after we eat our Christmas dinner. And we so enjoy our Christmas crackers. I guess we do have some British traditions, although the food is very different.

local alien said...

That's exactly how our childhood xmases used to be out in the colonies. I rather think things have changed down there. Now it's salads, cold ham and Pavlova. I tried to create an English Xmas here many years ago but no one is crazy, except me, about Xmas pud, cake or mince pies, the sausages are just not the same and no almond paste in sight.
I now make a lighter fruit cake, we love the paper hats and now we can get BBC in usually listen to the queen's speech.
I do what I can to make it a traditional English day

WILLIE........! =^..^= said...

And...To think..I used to get paid for writing such silly
jokes in them...

“What’s the best present to have at Christmas” ?
“A broken drum...You can’t beat it”!

“How did Joseph and Mary know that baby Jesus was 7lb 6oz when born”.
“They had weigh in a manger”!

“What do you get if you cross a snowman with a vampire”?
“Frostbite”!

HeHe! Have a Cracker...! ❄️ 🎁💐

John Edwards said...

Finding a proper Christmas cake with marzipan and Royal icing is no longer easy in the UK. Nearly all the Christmas cakes have soft icing nowadays and it's nowhere near as nice. I'm licking my lips at the thought of a proper one..

A Brit in Tennessee said...

John: luckily I have an English friend, irigiorigi from Chester who is talented enough to make them from scratch, and generous enough to share 😁

A Brit in Tennessee said...

That would be originally 😁

L. D. said...

It is fun to read all of the comments. I appreciate and admire that you still have the traditions to enjoy each year. I learned about the crackers a few years ago from a PBS show. Have a very Merry Christmas.

Henny Penny said...

And I still want to move to England! Looking at how beautiful your home is decorated inside, it must feel a little like being home to England. Maybe?

Bernideen said...

I love the publication that comes out each year with but separate from the English Home December issue. Last year I failed to buy one after letting my subscription go. I am mad at myself about that. I have I do have 8 though. They are full of English recipes, decorating and historic Christmas information (like you give). The crackers of course being one! Merry Christmas to you and your family!