Christmas Crackers! Discover the Christmas custom, story, myth and legend associated with the Christmas Crackers. This festive tradition and Christmas custom, with its familiar symbol and meaning, has evolved over time. But what is the history, meaning and origin of the Christmas Crackers? This article provides facts and information about the history of the Christmas Crackers as a familiar symbol, tradition and Christmas custom.
The Christmas Custom, Origin and History of Christmas Crackers Some origins date back to the pagan traditions and customs of the ancients. Other symbols, customs and traditions have specific religious significance to the Christian religion and the Nativity of Jesus Christ. And finally there are many new, non-religious customs which have emerged due to increased prosperity and the commercialism of the festival in the modern world. Is the Christmas Custom, Origin and History of the Christmas Crackers pagan, religious or modern? The Christmas Custom, Origin and History of Christmas Crackers is modern. They have no religious significance. The shape of modern crackers is now a cylindrical cardboard tube with a paper type handle twisted on each end for two people to hold. The idea of Christmas Crackers is to pull the cracker together and the winner of the contents of the cracker is the person who holds the end containing the items. Christmas Crackers remain a popular tradition of at parties and at Christmas dinner, every guest gets a cracker.
The Origin and the History of Christmas Crackers The inventor of Christmas Crackers was a sweet maker, baker and pastry chef called Tom Smith from London, UK. He invented them in Victorian England in 1846 and they were first sold by his confectionary company in 1847. Confectioner Tom Smith got the idea for creating Christmas crackers from the sugar almond sweets that he sold as they were wrapped in twisted coloured paper. These were styled on bon bon sweets he had seen in Paris, France. Tom Smith made them more fun by enclosing a motto or romantic message in each cracker and named them Kiss Mottos.
The History of Christmas Crackers - The 'Snap' After the success of his original Christmas crackers he added a snap to make each cracker to make the sound of a small firework cracker, as the cracker was pulled. He used the gunpowder compound saltpetre to ignite, by friction, the cracker to produce the sound with a chemically impregnated strip of card. He had to make the sweets larger so that the cracking components would fit in. He was inspired to add the "cracker" element when he heard the crackle of a log he'd just put on the fire. The size of the paper wrapper had to be increased to incorporate the banger mechanism, and the sweet itself was eventually dropped, to be replaced by a small gift.
The History of Christmas Crackers He called his Christmas cracker a cosaque because the bang or cracking sound reminded him of the sound of a Cossack whip. His product grew in popularity and soon became known as a Christmas cracker rather than cosaques. He opened a factory to increase his his Christmas cracker production. As time passed progressed other items have been added such as a paper hat, jokes and joke and novelty toys. Tom's son Walter had the idea of including paper hats. He also helped to write the mottos and sayings. His company grew and continued to manufacture Christmas crackers until 1953 when they merged with the company Caley Crackers.
Christmas Crackers Christmas is celebrated worldwide, throughout the Christian population of approximately 2275 million people, but is also celebrated by many non-Christians as a secular, cultural festival. A Christmas custom or tradition is symbolized by a familiar symbol or icon, such as the Christmas Crackers, have come to represent the spirit and meaning of this special time of the year.
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