Just ask my friend Kathy at http://www.casa-dolce-casa.blogspot.com/ about the British and Christmas "crackers." These little foil-wrapped wonders are a tradition in the UK. When Kathy was in London last spring, she sent me Easter "crackers," which I love dearly.
I've just about let the holidays slip up on me this year (but I have been writing, right?), so I decided to attempt homemade "crackers."I saved paper towel rolls, bought wrapping paper, glue, ribbon, and candy. I even found lumps of coal, but they're candy.
Here's a tutorial: