Christmas Crackers are said to have originated in Britain. They were created by London confectioner Tom Smith, in 1847. A bon-bon maker, Smith developed the idea of the Christmas Cracker to increase sales of his candy. Eventually he replaced the candy treat inside with small gifts and trinkets and paper mottos.
A cracker is a small cardboard tube usually covered in brightly colored twists of paper.
When the cracker is pulled by two people, each holding one end of the twisted paper, the friction creates a small explosive pop sound produced by a narrow strip of chemically impregnated paper.
Once pulled open, a small gift, treat, or motto is revealed.
Today we find crackers available for many occasions, not just Christmas.
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