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Will Christmas crackers be featured on your Christmas table?

Christmas crackers are a traditional favourite around the table at Christmas time, but could this tradition be on its way out?

They were first made in about 1845-1850 by a London sweet maker called Tom Smith. He had seen the French ‘bon bon’ sweets on a visit to Paris in 1840. He came back to London and tried selling sweets like that in England and also included a small motto or riddle in with the sweet. But they didn’t sell very well.

Legend says that one night, while he was sitting in front of his log fire, he became very interested in the sparks and cracks coming from the fire. 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.

More than 150m crackers are pulled each festive season, but they have recently come under fire for the fact that they often contain plastic toys that are thrown away almost immediately afterwards.

Mark Hall, of the BusinessWaste group, says these single-use items create an “unnecessary waste” of money, resources and energy and claims consumers often abandon their “good recycling habits” on the big day.

He said the festive season creates more plastic waste than any time of year most of which goes to landfill or is burned.

The eco-group has urged people to ditch shop-bought crackers and instead make their own from “loo roll and tissue paper”.

The group also suggests families should switch from wrapping gifts in printed wrap to “brown paper and white drawing paper”

What are your views? Are Christmas crackers pointless and unsustainable or a valued part of the Christmas celebration meal? Do you make your own?

Will Christmas crackers be featured on your Christmas table?

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AlisonP24
22nd Dec 2019
0
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Yes, I will have them, everyone loves to pull a cracker!
biker babe
21st Dec 2019
1
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Its a tradition, but next year i must try to get round to making my own!
viking
28th Dec 2019
1
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Just had a Christmas lunch where the hostess made her own crackers. these were more colourful than shop bought ones and were made from toilet roll inners and recycled last years presents wrappings and ribbon from the dressmaking odds. The inside contents were very tasty !!
biker babe
31st Dec 2019
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Thank you Viking for the ideas! Happy New Year!
kaggi1234
20th Dec 2019
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That's First thing what is asked for at the Christmas table as been addition in our family for years
jan53
20th Dec 2019
1
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I do try to be an eco / plastic warrior all year but I will be having crackers on my table ,they won’t be expensive ones because I always look for the fish that curls on your hand , its part of our family Christmas. We can all do more to be eco friendly but leave my crackers alone . Hope you all have a lovely Christmas.
kaytwallis19
20th Dec 2019
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Yes but only because they are left over from last year
SPSandy
10th Dec 2019
2
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Yes I will have crackers on my table but only ones that have been made with recycled materials and no plastic contents.
ponocio
9th Dec 2019
1
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I am using the shop bought crackers I already have in from last year, but will be using eco crackers or making my own as soon as they are used up
Jankel
9th Dec 2019
1
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Yes mine are eco friendly as well
Trisha11
7th Dec 2019
1
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Jojo69
7th Dec 2019
1
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When I was growing up my mum used to make her own Christmas crackers
They were fab xx
ChrisW89
7th Dec 2019
5
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There is more important plastic waste than those in crackers, big supermarkets, large companies, local councils and governments need to set the standards for everyone else to follow
Lionel
7th Dec 2019
1
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ValR5
7th Dec 2019
1
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Yes.. but I have purchased eco friendly ones. No plastic and fully recyclable.
Judy W
6th Dec 2019
2
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We will be doing a 'Tom and Barbara' this year, complete with saying "bang" when we pull our home-made crackers! Bet we have more fun than people with shop-bought ones!!
Catesby
6th Dec 2019
1
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think they are fun as long as too much hasn't been spent on them. Sadly those who I will be sharing Christmas with don't agree
Gemini_Jen
6th Dec 2019
2
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I've bought recyclable ones
Angie95
6th Dec 2019
1
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Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Crackers
jason49mac
6th Dec 2019
1
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Although a traditional item when I was raising my children [many moons ago], now too commercialised.
Everyone expects to find a "valuable" trinket inside.

Just wish the schools would teach children to make their own as we used to.
CarolH118
6th Dec 2019
5
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Crackers are a traditional part of Xmas!! Telling each other the bad jokes and wearing a paper hat etc, great fun! Yet another thing the horrible spoil sports are trying to get rid of!! Leave Xmas alone!!
Catton
6th Dec 2019
2
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Most definitely. Part of tradition. You must wear the party hat even if it slips off your head 5 minutes later. We, ages 6 to 96, wear them as long as possible. Also someone always gets a non snapping cracker which adds to the merriment. Laugh at all the little things. I admit they are not as good as they used to be and the contents seem to be the same no matter what price you pay.
swaneldo
6th Dec 2019
2
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Forgot to add that I go deaf to the Eco brigade - until they ditch their mobiles, computers, tablets, cars, holidays by plane and stop disrupting everyone's already difficult lives they have nothing of value to contribute.
swaneldo
6th Dec 2019
3
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The only thing which will be crackers is me! Gave up on crackers years ago due to continually getting contents of a metal puzzle; sharp edged bottle opener; something which cannot be identified; a useless key ring, etc and finally realising that no matter what you buy bargain or 'luxury' it's a load of old tat which ends up in the bin. I'd rather spend the money on mini-presents for the table and get something of quality.
[email protected]
6th Dec 2019
2
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I think the world is going Crackers, trying to take the fun and enjoyment out of family fun.
Trisha11
6th Dec 2019
1
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Went for a Christmas Dinner yesterday, ruined because the no crackers on table, paper book marker instead.
Angie95
6th Dec 2019
1
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That's not right at all !
Trisha11
6th Dec 2019
2
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It completely ruined the Christmas atmosphere.
I personally don t want to go back to the stone age years and live in a cave. If some people don t want to celebrate Christmas it is up to them . Don t force it on to everyone.
A cracker will not change the world if larger countries than ours don t do anything about climate change. Our country is a small dot on a globe.
I do recycle where necessary.
Sorry for rant
kanga
7th Dec 2019
1
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Totally agree with you.x
Mary Bruce
6th Dec 2019
1
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I bought mine in the sales last year but have also bought self fill ones. Crackers will look very different next year........
SallyC36
6th Dec 2019
3
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We are having crackers but they will be home made using ‘sustainable’ materials with no plastic contents!
nannyjan
6th Dec 2019
3
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No as I am trying to go plastic free
AdahL
6th Dec 2019
4
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I have purchased recyclable family crackers with small origami contents all able to be recycled. from Dunelm Mill.
Mary Bruce
6th Dec 2019
1
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They ran out very quickly after being posted on Facebook! There will be more next year.
Raindrop
5th Dec 2019
2
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JaneC73
5th Dec 2019
3
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For the past few years instead of crackers we have a lottery scratch card at each setting - it's cheaper and you could get something back. I hate the waste from crackers.
Wilf
4th Dec 2019
2
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Yes but only smaller and cheaper ones this year.
Angie95
6th Dec 2019
1
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As long as you still have fun, a cracker is a cracker
Wilf
6th Dec 2019
1
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Bald123
4th Dec 2019
3
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Yes as always however I have always though the plastic gifts inside are total rubbish and a waste.
nannyjan
6th Dec 2019
2
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