Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Traditional Christmas

Well, a traditional British Xmas, anyway.

Before our dinner of turkey, stuffing and trimmings (including mac and cheese!?) we pulled our crackers. Kinda our version of saying grace. For those of you who aren't of the British persuasion, crackers pop when you pull them and have a dumb joke and a crappy toy inside. And we mustn't forget the paper hats. You wear them while you eat. I love this tradition.
The "jokes" (and I use this term lightly) are horrific. And the info is decidedly UK based but we don't care. One of my favourite things to do is to head over to the Scottish and Irish Store and pick up an overpriced box of crackers. So here is what was in our crackers this year. The parentheticals are mine.


Yellow paper crown
Q: When was the Automobile Association founded?
A: 1905
(Umm... Who cares?)

Who needs to eat a balanced diet?
A tightrope walker

Fake plastic moustache


Green paper crown

Q: Who was the winner of the 2002 British series of "Pop Idol"?
A: Will Young
(I knew that one!)

What do you get if you cross a shark with a snowman?
Frost bite!

tiny plastic bull

Yellow paper crown
Q: How many children did the composer Bach have?
A: 20
(His poor wife)

What travels around the world yet stays in one corner?
A postage stamp
(I like this one)

teensy whistle


Red paper crown

Q: Who narrated Thomas the Tank Engine?
A: Ringo Starr
(I knew this one too!)

What did Dick Turpin say at the end of his ride to York?
(We were all scratching our heads on this one. A definitely very British joke that us colonists weren't meant to get)

miniscule plastic crab


Green paper crown

Q: In what year was Elizabeth the 2nd born?
A: 1926
(I guessed but was really badly off)

If you have a referee in football, a referee in rugby and a referee in boxing, what do you have in bowls?
Prunes and custard
(How many times did we have to read that question aloud until we realized that "bowls" was a sport? Needless to say we didn't get it)

A little red plastic angel thingie reading a book


Aaaahhhh.... tradition


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