I see you there Miss Judge-y, laughing at the title and muttering “well DUH – what do you expect for 39p?” but let’s just see shall we. I spotted this pack of Christmas crackers on the shelves of my loca for 39p on Sunday and I have to say before I saw the price I liked them a lot more than some of the other very showy and colourful crackers on the shelves nearby. It was only when I reached for them I noticed they were only 39p – yup £0.39 for a pack of 6 crackers. The design is pretty simple in alternate red and white, with silver ribbon ties and ‘merry’, ‘christmas’ and snowflake motifs on the main portion of the cracker. This kind of design is right up my street as it is traditionally Christmas-sy without being over the top. Pulling the cracker is my favourite bit and these gave a satisfying ‘BANG’ before delivering cracker-tat. Cracker contents (AKA cracker-tat) must always include the following items for them to live up to expectations – a paper hat, a seriously crap joke and a really rubbish plastic gift.
These crackers delivered whole-heartidly with the traditional uniform of drunken aunts (a yellow paper hat), a truly terrible joke and a weird luminous green ring adorned with a dancing man. The back of the packet promises similar rubbish gifts inside the other crackers, along the lines of those weird fortune telling fish, plastic frogs and other weird but oh so traditional cracker-tat. My theory is, when it comes to crackers the contents are all a bit crap and same-y until you spend over £15. Under that it is all about the way they look and the toys, jokes and hats are all from the same farm of ‘meh’. And I actually don’t mind that one bit, pulling crackers at the dinner table is more about the tradition than the stuff inside, as long as it makes a noise and I get a hat I’m happy.