Sunday, December 15, 2019

You’ve been opening Christmas crackers wrong – etiquette expert shares right way

Christmas really is the best time of the year. Drinking, opening presents and pretty much eating your body weight in food.

Before you even go to tuck into your food – there’s a Christmas cracker that needs to be opened.

Inside the cracker is a joke, hat and a little toy you can spend your evening playing with.

But has it ever occurred to you that you might be opening that little treat on the dinner table all wrong?

It comes after a study by KP Nuts which found that 44% of Brits have started a row with another due to poor buffettiquette.

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Thanks to an etiquette expert, Daily Star Online has got the low down on opening your Christmas cracker the correct way.

Liz Brewer, a UK expert on social behaviour and etiquette, said: “When pulling your cracker, don’t lean over other guests and mind your cracker doesn’t go in the food.

“You mustn’t be sad should you not win the prize within the cracker. Always congratulate the victor and never ever request to keep their toy, especially if it’s a child.”

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She continued: “Do not wear your paper crown once you’ve left the table, it is very gauche to do so.

“Do not be too aggressive when pulling your cracker as this can be dangerous, especially when your competitor is an older family member.

“You must always open your cracker at the end of your main course, before the Christmas pudding or at the end of your meal.”

So next time you go to reach for the cracker before you’ve had your turkey and sprouts, think again.

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