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A Brief History of the Christmas Cracker
Christmas Crackers were invented in 1847 by Thomas J Smith. He had produced sweets that were wrapped in paper with twists at either end, in the traditional sweetie style. Thomas wanted to make his sweets more interesting, by adding small love messages. To further increase the sales of his sweets, he came up with the idea of adding a bang to the sweet wrapper. From here the idea developed into the cracker we would recognise today, containing small toys and paper hats instead of sweets. By the end of the century, many other companies were developing their own and the cracker becoming widespread. 

A Brief History of the Christmas Cracker

Christmas Crackers were invented in 1847 by Thomas J Smith. He had produced sweets that were wrapped in paper with twists at either end, in the traditional sweetie style. Thomas wanted to make his sweets more interesting, by adding small love messages. To further increase the sales of his sweets, he came up with the idea of adding a bang to the sweet wrapper. From here the idea developed into the cracker we would recognise today, containing small toys and paper hats instead of sweets. By the end of the century, many other companies were developing their own and the cracker becoming widespread. 

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    I’m gonna buy some of these!!
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    My family and I also do thus every year. It’s my favorite tradition.
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    Reblogging this in hopes Lexy sees it because CHRISTMAS CRACKERS. (Learn, Americans!)
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    My family does Christmas crackers every year. We sit around in our silly paper crowns. I feel like the only family in...
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    You can still get Tom Smith Christmas crackers. We’ve got ‘em at the shop where I work and they look pretty bitchin’.
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