Christmas Facts Advent Calendar: Day 4 – Christmas Crackers

Thomas Smith, a sweet shop owner from London invented Christmas crackers around 1846.

On a trip to Paris Thomas saw sweets being wrapped in tissue paper with a twist at each end. When he returned home he decided to sell sweets wrapped in a similar way with a motto or poem. They didn’t sell that well, so he added a banger to make them more exciting!

When crackers are pulled today they still make a bang and most crackers have toys or gifts, jokes and paper hats inside.

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