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Large Downton Abbey Crackers, 6-Count

SKU#  479539
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Why We Love It

We're excited to introduce our Large Downton Abbey Crackers, featuring exclusive artwork that you won't find anywhere else. Sure to delight fans of the show, these beautifully wrapped crackers bring the tradition to life in truly British form. Pull one end with a friend until it "snaps" with a cracking sound - inside you'll find fun gifts. Wonderful as stocking stuffers, they also spread cheer to any holiday table setting.

Details & Dimensions

  • Handcrafted of paper and metal
  • 6-Count
  • WARNING: Choking hazard. Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
  • Part of our Christmas Crackers Collection
  • World Market exclusive
Box: 12"Sq.; Crackers: 12"L each

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The Story Behind It

Christmas Crackers: Sweet Beginnings

Dating back to Victorian-era England, Christmas crackers were first created in the 1840s by London sweet shop owner Tom Smith. Looking for a way to promote his sugared almonds, he began selling them in a twist of paper with sentimental love notes inside. One Christmas night, after hearing the crackle of a log he had just put on the fire, he became inspired to create the tube-shaped packaging and add the surprise "crack."

By the end of the 19th century, toys and hats were added to the package and crackers soon became an established Christmas tradition. To partake in this party game, two people pull each end of the cracker like a wishbone until it snaps with a small bang, revealing fun gifts inside. Today, nearly every household in the United Kingdom enjoys this custom with friends and family during the holidays.