Chatting to an American friend (FfI) over coffee, today, she was telling me how she and her boyfriend watch the cooking channel. They like Jamie Oliver but also watch Nigella Lawson.
And she asked me what the silver tubes were. They had been stacked in a pile and looked really nice, apparently.
And it struck me again how, things we take for granted at Christmas are just our things. I mean, Italians, too, have no idea about them.
I had to explain that, these were Christmas Crackers. At each end the silver paper is pinched and that, two people pull the cracker which makes a small explosive crack. Inside the roll is some sort of item (small – like a toy or something), a joke or something on a piece of paper and a folded, paper hat.
The crackers are pulled before the lunch/dinner and then everyone wears the paper hats and tells the (usually stupid) joke.
It’s a British thing. But I got some shipped from Bowie’s in Hay-on-Wye and they look rather good. We’re going to have ours on Boxing Day when we have some Italian friends come over for lunch. Should be good.
And, below, a picture of a Christmas Cracker:
and a typical Christmas paper hat:
Whatever special or unique things you have at Christmas, I hope you have a good time.
Another thing I did today was make the mincemeat (which for the uninitiated is not meat at all but, rather, a mix of dried fruits, nuts, sweet spices, etc.) so that, tomorrow, I can make mince pies. I know it’s not Italian but you might have it in the USA.