Monday, January 03, 2011

Christmas bon bons

Towards the end of November, decorative paper tube thingies started appearing in stores all over the place. I saw a box of them labeled as "Christmas crackers" so I assumed they were packs of some sort of holiday cracker/biscuit/cookie/fruit newton. However, when I asked my coworkers about them, they were all amazed that I hadn't seen them before and informed me that they are not cookies at all, but rather a sort of Christmas tradition known in Australia as a bon bon. You put them on the table at Christmas dinner, and two people grab an end each and pull it apart, wishbone style. And guess what's inside? A toy, a paper hat, and a printed joke. Weird, right? The jokes are notorious for being super lame, but I kind of liked mine:

Q: Why was Cinderella so bad at football?
A: Because her coach was a pumpkin.

Waka waka.

Here's an action photo of D's parents cracking the bon bon (not a euphemism) and another of us modeling the paper hats.


Andy said...

Where do you think they get the hats in Love actually? From Christmas crackers! Also this is a british tradition and my family's been doing it for years. I like the jokes too!

Suldog said...

Bon-Bons? Those are called Bon-Bons? That gives a whole new meaning to my post today. Seriously :-)