After 8 years of splitting the holidays between our families, this will be the first Christmas that both Dan’s and my family will celebrate together. My family was kind enough to make the drive up from California, so it was important to me to make them feel at home by incorporating some of our family Christmas traditions.
One of my favorite longstanding holiday traditions: Christmas crackers! What the heck is a Christmas cracker? Well, it’s a pretty little cylinder wrapped up like a gift. When you sit down to Christmas dinner, you and the person next to you each pull on one end until the cracker POPS! Inside you’ll traditionally find a paper crown, a silly joke, and a little trinket or treat. Everybody reads their joke aloud, wears the paper crown during dinner (mandatory!), and swaps trinkets. The dumber the jokes and the weirder the trinkets, the more fun it is! It’s a great laugh right before you dig into Christmas dinner and really gets everybody into a festive mood.
DIY Christmas Crackers Component List:
- wrapping paper (cut to 11″ wide by 6″ tall – depending on the circumference of your tubes)
- cardboard tubes (cut up a paper towel or gift wrap roll to 4.5″ long sections)
- cracker snaps
- paper crowns
- silly jokes printable
- small trinkets or candies
- DIY cracker template (print on 8.5″ by 11″ paper)
Gather your materials. Print off my silly Christmas cracker jokes printable and cut them out.
Print out my Christmas cracker template on cardstock and cut it out. Center it over your wrapping paper (face up) and fold the wrapping paper over it.
Pull the template out and clip it to the outside of your folded piece of wrapping paper. Use the template to cut triangles into the sides of your wrapping paper.
Now place your wrapping paper face down & center your cylinder between the cutouts. Secure with a piece of tape, roll it up, and tape to secure.
Thread a cracker snap through your cylinder. Take a piece of ribbon and tie it in a bow around one side at your fold mark (there will still be a small opening).
From the other side, fill your cracker with the crown, joke, and treats.
Repeat step 5 to close the other side. Tape your cracker snap down on each side and trim if it’s too long.
Use these at your table setting to get the Christmas cheer going! Wishing you all a very happy holiday filled with love, family, and friendship!