Christmas crackers are festive table decorations that make a snapping sound when pulled open, and often contain a small gift, paper hat and a joke. They are part of Christmas celebrations in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Commonwealth countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.
Crackers are traditionally pulled during Christmas dinner or at Christmas parties. One version of the cracker ritual holds that the person who ends up with the larger end of cracker earns the right to keep the contents of the cardboard tube. Sometimes, each participant retains ownership of their own cracker and keeps its contents regardless of the outcome. Christmas crackers traditionally contain a colourful crown-shaped hat made of tissue paper, a small toy, a plastic model, or a trinket, and a small strip of paper with a motto, a joke, a riddle, or a piece of trivia. The paper hats, with the appearance of crowns, are usually worn at Christmas dinner. The tradition of wearing festive hats is believed to date back to Roman times and the Saturnalia celebrations, which also involved decorative headgear.
It is a particularly common celebration in Mexico, Honduras and parts of the southwestern United States. Today, more than 2 billion people in over 160 countries consider Christmas to be one of the most important dates in the calendar. Hence, every country has its own special way of celebrating it. The date is a great opportunity to gather around with your friends, family and loved ones to cherish and remember the moments you had during the year. Most of all, Christmas is a celebration of love - that is why it is so popular across the world.
Enlive the atmosphere by using Christmas crackers at weddings, Easter celebrations, and many formal and semi-formal occasions. Crackers can be used as party decorations and gifts and are guaranteed to get any party going.
Cadets from the Protestant, Catholic, Gospel Choirs, Chorale, and members of The Citadel Regimental Band take part in the annual celebration of the birth of Christ, observing the events of the Advent, the Annunciation, the Birth of the King, and Epiphany through Scripture lessons and carols. 2b1af7f3a8