A table of middle aged, single, American women were preparing to eat
a Christmas meal in the splendid dinning room of the cruse ship as it
sailed down the Danube. The table was festively decorated with a
Christmas cracker at every place setting. One of the women picked up
her cracker and said,” I believe you pull these and they burst open
with gifts, hats and jokey messages.” Taking an end of the cracker in
each hand she attempted to pull it apart. Seeing her strain
unsuccessfully others round the table picked up their crackers and
tried to pull them. A smiling waiter explained that cracker pulling
was a two person activity , you helped your neighbour pull theirs and
in return they helped you pull yours. Soon crackers were going off
round the table, paper hats were on heads, cards with bad jokes on
were being read out and negotiations were taking place over the
trinkets that came out of the crackers.
Who would have thought Americans didn’t know how to pull Christmas crackers!