Christmas crackers are a traditional festive favorite in Ireland. They're usually laid on the dinner table at each place setting before the Christmas Day feast.
Pulling the crackers and winning novelties and Christmas paper crowns is all part of the silly fun.
To help spread some festive cheer this year, Irish American Mom is sponsoring a giveaway for some Christmas crackers for you to continue this Irish festive tradition in your home.
But before I share details of the prize and how to enter the giveaway, let's first explore the history of the Christmas cracker.
Christmas Cracker History:
Christmas crackers were first made sometime between 1845 and 1850. Their creator was a London based sweet maker or confectioner whose name was Tom Smith. His festive creation was inspired by French almond sweets which were wrapped in a small piece of paper with a motto or riddle.
Smith tried to replicate this idea in England but the riddle wrapped sweets were not a success.
Legend has it that Smith was inspired by his crackling fire, to include his riddles in tubular wrappers that would crack when pulled apart. And so, the Christmas cracker was born. You can read more about the history of these Victorian creations in a previous festive post.
Although originally created in England, the Christmas cracker was widely adopted in Ireland as a Christmas tradition, that continues to this very day.
DIY At Home Christmas Cracker Fun For Children:
Christmas crackers can be fun to create at home.
To celebrate these festive Christmas Day novelties, I published a craft post featuring coloring templates for children to decorate their very own mini Christmas crackers.
You can check out all the designs here, and access a free printable for little ones to enjoy.
I hope you have fun shading and designing your very own Christmas cracker motifs.
The Prize and Giveaway:
One lucky reader will win two boxes of Christmas Crackers (2 x 12 count), similar to the ones shown below.
The crackers will be in festive colors, but there's no guarantee the exact design shown here will be available at the time this giveaway is finished. I'll do my very best to deliver equally appealing designs to the lucky winner.
These boxes of family crackers are available through Food Ireland.
To enter just leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Saturday, December 12th, 2020.
Any comment will do. What you write does not affect your chance of winning, but if you need inspiration why not tell us if you have memories of Christmas crackers, or other festive memories from Ireland or America.
A winning comment will be chosen randomly. Remember to leave your e-mail so that I can contact you should you win. Your e-mail won’t be published, just used to contact our lucky contestant for mailing of the prize.
The winner will be announced on Saturday, December 12th, 2020 at the bottom of this blog post.
You may check out Irish American Mom’s complete terms and conditions for sweepstakes’ entries by clicking here.
And thank you to all who join in the fun and support this giveaway.
Please share this post with any friends or family who might enjoy a few Christmas crackers this year.
UPDATE: WINNER CHOSEN ON DECEMBER 12th, 2020
Our winner has been randomly chosen using the Pick Giveaway Winner Plug-in for WordPress.
And the lucky reader is ….
I’ll send Mary Ann an email to arrange mailing of her prize. A big thank you to everyone for supporting this giveaway by leaving comments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading each and every comment.
Thank you all for supporting our Irish American community.
Stay tuned for more stories and giveaways over the coming weeks and months.
Thanks for following my recipes and ramblings.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
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