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Old 12-11-2005, 12:51 AM   #1
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Please explain this Christmas tradition to me?

I have seen photos and media clips of people in the UK and other European countries wearing paper crowns on their heads during Christmas. Would someone kindly explain this tradition to me?

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Those are the one's who have ordered menudo....the others eat the tripas...its all good!
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hell no to eating menudo!
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they're probably the hats you get out of the christmas crackers
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ok, now explain Christmas crackers to me.
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hell no to eating menudo!
me either...
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Ever since I was a small child my aunts, uncles and parents have tried very hard to convenience me to eat that shit *no pun intended* .
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ok, now explain Christmas crackers to me.
christmas crackers:



it takes 2 people, 1 holding each end. you pull hard and whoever gets the large piece when it breaks (and goes bang) get the "prize' inside. your basic christmas cracker has those hats inside
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They might have lost bets
Seriously, it's the first time I hear about it.. It could be... Bah, no lol (I was about to say interesting ahah)
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christmas crackers:



it takes 2 people, 1 holding each end. you pull hard and whoever gets the large piece when it breaks (and goes bang) get the "prize' inside. your basic christmas cracker has those hats inside
ok but there has to be a reason for the hats. I want to know the historical tradtional reasons for it! :whine:
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ok but there has to be a reason for the hats. I want to know the historical tradtional reasons for it! :whine:
i have no idea why the hats are in there
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we do christmas crackers every year. We each get out own though.

I can't remember the reason for the hats.

has something to do with being king I'd guess.

*goes to google
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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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you can buy them at williams and sonoma or much cheaper at T.J Max and stores like that.
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