What a Cracker

“What do you call a polar bear wearing earmuffs? –  Anything you like, it can’t hear you!”

This weekend the photo challenge on our other site Weekly Prompts is ‘Traditions. GC and I asked our readers to share some of their favourite Christmas traditions.

A tradition here in the U.K. and definitely a favourite in our house is the Christmas Cracker. There’s something quite special about Crackers. For starters, we get to wear colourful paper crowns, now that’s not an everyday occurrence.


Christmas Day,  serving up has begun, and some of our crackers have already been pulled.


This year our numbers were down, there were only fourteen of us, it was the turn of other in-laws to entertain some of our number. This meant Evie was the youngest child to grace our table, and I think you might agree that in this beautiful dress she was the Belle of our ball!


Back to those Christmas Crackers – There’s a little surprise inside, usually some plastic toy, but if you’re lucky you might find a tiny screwdriver. Now they’re always my favourite, so very useful.

And let’s not forget those little jokes, there’s always a bountiful supply of corny ones guaranteed to bring forth the groans, and then… we get to read them out, such fun!

Here’s a selection from this year.

1. What did Cinderella say when the chemist lost her photographs? – Someday my prints will come!

2. What did the sea say to the sand? – Nothing it just waved!

3. What does a frog do when his car breaks down? – He gets it toad away!

4. What part of a clock is always old? – The second hand!

5. What bee can never be understood? – A mumble-bee!

6. What do you get when you cross a skeleton with a detective? – Sherlock Bones!

7. Why is a horse like a cricket match? – because they get stopped by the rein!

Cringeworthy eh, but good fun at the dinner table.

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2018 Photo Challenge Traditions from Weekly Prompts


20 thoughts on “What a Cracker

      1. I can appreciate that following your stroke everything has become more difficult for you. I admire that even when you are feeling low you keep writing Ivor. Thank you 🙂

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      2. It gives me something to do, even if does take 4 times as long, and of course it’s all therapy for me 😁 and yep here it is 7.20pm and I’m in bed 😉😀


      3. Here it is eleven hours earlier, or is that eleven hours later! Now I feel like I’m in a time machine! Let’s just say you are eleven hours ahead! Rest well Ivor, see you tomorrow 🙂

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  1. A little laughter goes a long way to healing what ails you. We could use some corny jokes in America, as there is very little to smile about right now in Washington. Maybe a few jokes would get people to sit down and laugh together, see their common humanity, and get some real work done that benefits all, including the immigrants searching for peace and safety for their children.

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    1. I agree with you. We all need smiles and laughter in our daily lives.
      Sometimes it’s too easy to become caught up in our own little lives we forget there is a larger world out there that’s not quite as happy as ours, or maybe that’s just me. Thank you.

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  2. Maureen Helen

    Your post made me smile, Sue, and not only because of the jokes. Some were the same as those in our crackers! It is lovely to see your family gathered around the table to celebrate Christmas together, and Evie looks adorable.


    1. We always start serving from younger end of the table and tell them to start eating, by the time all of us are served at the top end some of the youngest have almost finished.


    1. Yes we jolly well do! We also still have pantomimes, I think there’s a little part going in Snow White, might suit you! 😂😂


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