Advent 17: Children being good

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Story-time

Where would Christmas be without children?

He’s making a list

and checking it twice

He’s going to find out who’s naughty or nice

Santa Claus is coming to town

Also in response to the weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: anticipation

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Advent 9: Christmas Crackers

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Specially illustrated stamps are printed each Christmas this one is of Father Christmas with a cracker. The cracker has an illustration of a Pantomime Dame

christmas-cracker-drummerIn Britain and Ireland we pull Christmas crackers at the dinner table which we have at lunch time on December 25th.

Victorian illustration of pulling a Christmas cracker
Victorian illustration of pulling a Christmas cracker

Crackers may have caught on in other countries too and I’d be interested to hear from your part of the world if they have.

When pulled it activates a firecracker that makes a loud ‘crack’.

Whoever gets the longest end, gets the prize. Prizes can vary from cheap plastic charms to gold tie-pins depending on how much you can afford.

Coloured paper crown can get quite wrinkly by the end of dinner © Southampton Old Lady
Coloured paper crowns can get quite wrinkly by the end of dinner © Southampton Old Lady

One is set at each dinner place. Each will contain a paper crown, which is compulsory to wear at the table and there will be a lot of cajoling to get a grumpy Grandad to wear his. There will also be a joke to read out – usually a pun on words that will be so corny it makes everyone sigh. It is essential that the joke is corny.

Here are some examples:

Q: What kind of sweet goes swinging through the jungle?  A: Tarzi-pan

QWhat do you call two robbers? A:  A pair of knickers

This then starts the reminiscing  old jokes and funny tales. Often there are enough crackers left to pull the next day “Boxing Day” which is also a holiday in Britain.

CYW: Tickle Me Pink

 

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Photos of Tickle Me Pink shoes © Southampton Old Lady
Photos of Tickle Me Pink shoes © Southampton Old Lady

These are for the Colour Your World Photo Challenge: Tickle Me Pink

To see others or take part in the CYW Photo Challenge, whereby a new Crayola color is linked to a 120 day calendar, click here: https://jennifernicholewells.com/2015/09/30/color-your-world-120-days-of-crayola/