Christmas Swim

  1. We have those in Canada too. And I’m sure in the States as well. They come inside those Christmas crackers that they pulled apart before eating dinner. Inside there is a thin paper crown (that always rips like Bluey’s did), a crappy toy, and a stupid joke.

  2. Are Catholics in Canada more likely to be from Quebec? Because bonbons are used by everyone here in Australia, however our Catholics are all Irish and Italian rather than French.

  3. Am American, and hadn't heard of a Christmas cracker until Harry Potter. You can sometimes find them at bougie import stores, but they're nothing like actual crackers. They've got fancy chocolate and cool toys, and no fun paper crowns.

  4. My favorite ever Muffin moment is during Christmas Swim, when Bluey tells her she forgot her lipstick. The face she makes when she pretends to apply the lipstick makes me lose it every time!!

  5. You can get them but they’re not a thing. I would say they’re not common for most family traditions and I only know what they are from Harry Potter. 😂

  6. We have them, but they aren't common in different parts of the US. Growing up my Grandparents who grew up on the east coast had them, but the middle of the country, farming side did not.

  7. You can actually make them yourself, some craft stores sell the cracker part that makes the pop when you pull it apart, which you glue to a toilet roll, insert things in the roll, then wrap in paper - I did this one year.

  8. I mean - there might have been a meaning but if there was one I think it's long been lost on Australians. Christmas crackers (or bon bons) were originally am English tradition that we've happily inherited. They usually contain a paper hat (we usually call it a hat not a crown though I guess some will call them crowns), a lame Christmas joke and some of knick knack - the quality of which varies depending on the price of the cracker. I think most us is see the hats as just a festive party hat - most of which are too big and slip over your eyebrows if you have a small head. I'd be honestly suprised if many Australians stopped to think about why those specific things are in a Christmas cracker - is just what we expect because it's always been that way.

  9. Although I’ve grown up with it, Australian Christmas culture is strange when I think about it objectively. It’s a weird mish-mash of European/northern hemisphere traditions like pretend snow, Santa, reindeers, roasts and US Christmas movies mixed with summer adaptations like eating prawns and oysters, BBQs, pavlova, and swimming at the pool or beach

  10. okay i just have to say i’ve never had pavlova (i’d never heard of it before bluey actually, american here) and the show makes it look SO GOOD. is it as delicious as it looks when bingo is going to town on it??

  11. Originally an English thing, I believe. I’m in the US and buy a set of Christmas crackers every year just for some silly fun. Just snap when you pull them apart and have the paper crown and a joke inside. Some of the bigger ones have a little toy or cheap gadget.

  12. I don’t have any additional info to share about origins, but in the US I get my Christmas crackers from Cost Plus World Market.

  13. Christmas crackers are tubes wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper, and contain: a paper crown, a slip of paper with a corny joke, and a small prize or toy. They are available in the states, at stores like Tuesday Morning, and I think Costco carries them as well. You and another person grab the ends, and there’s a small cap that makes a bang when they tear open. We get them every year.

  14. I found some of these crackers at Marshall’s. They had candy, a paper crown, a joke, and a small toy inside

  15. They’re called crackers because in the middle there’s a long, thin…. I’m going to say fire-cracker, that is ‘detonated’ when torn and emits a loud SNAP & a smell of something smokey afterwards. Correct me of I’m wrong, but maybe the ones in America don’t have that for some sort of regulatory reason (though that doesn’t exactly make sense since there are heaps of real firecrackers in the US)?

  16. US does carry poppers for Christmas but they’re just poppers, not contained in a fun cracker. They look like a mini version of the crackers though.

  17. I like to make a version of my own! My kids love them! I put little toys and chocolates in them. They make great treat bag fillers for class parties ❄️

  18. As others said, it comes out of your Christmas cracker/bonbon. It's essentially a party hat - just a silly thing you wear at the table to enhance the festive mood.

  19. I was actually watching a Christmas movie on Netflix the other day that made me google this. Christmas Crackers aren’t popular in the US , but they are in UK, Aus, NZ ect.

  20. I spent my elementary school years in California. It was 85 on Christmas one year so we went to the beach. For a Midwestern US family, that was an out of body experience.

  21. Midwesterner🙋🏼‍♀️ I would love to experience a warm Christmas Swim. The closest I've come was going to a football bowl game in Tampa a few years ago on New Years Eve.

  22. I’m in Canada and my mom insists we do Christmas crackers every year. Her family is British and she always said they’re a very British thing, it was cool finding out from bluey that they do them in Australia too :) they come with the crown, a little prize (last year I got a mini cheese grater) and a paper with a fun fact and a bad joke 😂

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