My step-mom is from England and every Christmas she would put Christmas crackers on everyone’s place setting at Christmas Eve dinner… and I am not talking about the kind you eat! I am talking about the crackers pictured above. You pull a string on each side, hear a pop, and then your prizes and toys are revealed! You also get a paper hat which is my favorite part. My family has tons of pictures of each other wearing these silly hats over the years.

This year I am not able to spend Christmas with my family in Kansas so I was pleasantly surprised when I walked by The London Candy Company and saw these Christmas crackers being sold. I got 12 for only $12.95! We don’t have a lot of storage in our apartment so instead of buying flowers this week I decided to make a Christmas Cracker bouquet and am very proud of the results!Whether you are British or not Christmas crackers are a great finishing touch to any holiday party. The funny hats and toys really break the ice and help people loosen up. These are hard to find in America so if you live in New York stop by The London Candy Company on the Upper East Side!

Stay Glamorous,


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  1. Katie Luvsonehundredmonkeys December 21, 2011 at 1:14 PM #

    thats creative and cute, i love it

  2. Mary Cate Longo December 21, 2011 at 11:09 PM #

    Very creative Shannon. I love it. We always have crackers at Christmas. They really are a lot of fun. The jokes inside are always corny but we laugh at them anyway. And I’ve gotten some really cool toys over the years too. My favourites are the mini puzzles, whistles and key chains. Have fun cracking yours this Christmas. 🙂

    • shannonsutherland December 22, 2011 at 10:31 AM #

      Mary, I love the jokes too. They really help get everyone feeling comfortable and set a good mood for a Holiday party!

  3. Nat December 22, 2011 at 9:51 AM #

    Wow I didn’t realise that crackers were a British/Commonwealth thing. I actually had to google that! I just assumed everyone had them at Christmas. Not only a glamorous blog but educational too 🙂 x

    • shannonsutherland December 22, 2011 at 10:30 AM #

      Thanks! I never heard about them until my Dad married my step-mom who is British. I love the tradition though and had them at my wedding!

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