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Old 12-11-2005, 02:03 AM   #16
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you can buy them at williams and sonoma or much cheaper at T.J Max and stores like that.
*cough* and at my store (Pier 1)
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Hey Cleasai, I love Pier 1! I need to go tomorrow actually and get some yummy holiday candles!
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You're in luck. They are all on sale right now Come to the La Jolla store I'll be there tomorrow til about 6.30ish
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I want Harrods Christmas crackers.
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You're in luck. They are all on sale right now Come to the La Jolla store I'll be there tomorrow til about 6.30ish
Let's go!
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Old 12-11-2005, 01:01 PM   #22
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People don't know about Christmas cracker hats? They're the best thing about Christmas dinner! The family pictures I could dig up...

Oh, and the tradition isn't just confined to the UK and Europe.
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I can't imagine crimbo without the crackers and hats

but I have a big head (literally, not metaphorically ) and so my nut always rips the hat
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I've checked several sites and it's repeatedly referred to as just a colorful party hat so I'm wrong about the king thing

Christmas crackers are a Christmas favourite in the U.K.. They were first made in 1850 by a London sweet maker called Tom Smith. One night, while he was sitting in front of his log fire, he became very interested by the sparks and cracks coming from the flames. Suddenly, he thought what a fun idea it would be, if his sweets and toys could be opened with a crack when their fancy wrappers were pulled in half.

The Crackers that are used today are short cardboard tubes wrapped in colourful paper. There is normally a Cracker next to each plate on the Christmas dinner table. When the crackers are pulled - with a bang! - a colourful party hat, a toy or gift and a festive joke falls out! The party hats look like crowns and it is thought that they symbolise the crowns worn that might have been worn by the Wise Men.

The largest Cracker ever made was 181' 11" long and had a diameter of 11' 9"! Now that is one big bang! It was made in December 1998 in a Shopping Mall in Sydney, Australia.


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thank you for the info.
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we have our American version

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Yeah and mistletoe is actually the semen of the gods, according to some druid society.

Look it up.
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MVD, do you feel wiser now?

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Old 12-11-2005, 10:42 PM   #30
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I remember doing the Christmas cracker hat thing when I was in the UK one Christmas - you can also see Bridget and her dad wear them in the first Bridget Jones movie....
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