When I was growing up, we always went to my Grandma’s house in Vegreville on Boxing Day to celebrate Christmas with my aunt, uncles and cousins. There was a kid’s table and at each place setting there was a Christmas cracker so I associated them as part of the holidays and wanted them to be a tradition I incorporated into my own family someday.
When I was a young mom of two kids and The Husband was a student, we didn’t have an extra penny. We had moved back to our hometown to be closer to family when our baby was sick with kidney complications and The Husband had gone back to school. That year, I had worked hard making crafts to sell at a sale in our basement so that we would have money to buy food and a few gifts at Christmas so there was certainly no chance I could afford to buy Christmas crackers. I decided to make them.
I added a numbered strip of paper into each one that had a part of the Christmas story. When put in order, they told the story. I used scriptures from different gospels and pieced them together. At our Christmas Eve celebration that year, we all (adults too) opened our Christmas crackers and read our scripture verses in the right order to retell the story of Jesus’ birth.
This year, I slipped strips of paper into the crackers that all said the same thing. “For unto us a Child is born.”-Isaiah 9:6
To make the crackers, you need:
- empty toilet paper rolls
- tissue paper
- small toys or candy
- ribbon, tape or string
Fill the empty toilet paper roll with candy or little toys or trinkets. I used to also make crowns out of tissue paper and fold them tightly to fit them in just like a store bought Christmas cracker. Slip your paper with the scripture verse or encouragement in.
Roll the cardboard tube in tissue paper. Secure the ends by tying ribbon (or tape or string) at the ends of the roll, leaving some tissue paper sticking out each end. Decorate using ribbon. You can also curl the ends of the ribbon using scissors.
Sometimes the most obvious answer is right in front of you. If you look closely at the picture of the single Christmas cracker, you may notice that the decorative strip around it is made of tin foil. I cut a thin strip of tin foil, wrapped it around to decorate and secured it with a glue stick. My friend Christie was here at the time and gently pointed out that I could always just use ribbon which would be much easier! I decorated the rest using ribbon! I tell you this only to say that if you didn’t have ribbon and wanted to add some flair to your crackers, you could use tin foil.
If you are looking for more easy ideas like this, you may be interested in following my Christmas Crafts Pinterest Board.