I will never forget my first exposure to Crackers. I was a guest at the home of a Canadian family and being the typical southern girl, I ask if I could help the hostess with the Christmas dinner. She replied I could get the crackers and put them on the table and when I ask if she wanted me to put saltines or ritz on the table she chuckled and then explained what a Christmas Cracker was.
I just posted a new article the gives the history of the Christmas Cracker as well as a couple pieces of clip art.
Here is a link to Christmas Crackers.