Crackers UK Christmas Traditions

Posted by Claire on 8th Dec 2023

Crackers UK Christmas Traditions

Ah, Christmastime in the UK – when mince pies seem to magically multiply, the King graces us with his annual speech and everyone engages in friendly debates about the best way to cook Brussels sprouts. Let us delve into the wonderful world of Christmas traditions discovering the reasons behind our beloved customs and their origins.

Pulling a Cracker

No Christmas dinner table would be complete without the chaos of cracker pulling. These festive crackers, filled with paper hats, terrible jokes, and tiny trinkets, bring an explosion of merriment to our mealtime. Why do we have crackers? Legend has it that they first appeared in the mid-19th century when a London confectioner aimed to recreate the crackling sound of burning logs during winter nights. This tradition quickly captivated hearts across Britain as we eagerly anticipate that satisfying 'snap' while pulling our crackers apart to uncover their hidden treasures.

Christmas Puddings

Behold the Christmas pudding – a blend of fruits soaked in brandy and set on fire before serving. This iconic dessert traces its origins back to England when it was like a savoury porridge dish. Over time it evolved into the indulgent and boozy delight we enjoy today. The flaming ritual is not just for display; it symbolises bringing warmth and light into the season. Let’s not forget about the standing belief that hiding a small trinket or coin inside the pudding brings good luck to whoever finds it – just be careful with your teeth!

Christmas Jumper Day

In times the Christmas jumper has become a part of festive fashion with ever more vibrant colours and quirky designs. But did you know that there's also a good reason for this cozy tradition? Christmas Jumper Day, usually celebrated on a Thursday in December, encourages people to wear their eccentric sweaters in support of Save the Children. It's a combination of fashion and fundraising demonstrating that even the outrageous jumpers can have a significant impact, on the lives of children in need. Thies year, Christmas Jumper Day falls on Thursday 7th December – the Luggage Superstore Office staff will be taking part, will you?!

The King’s Speech

You've had your share of turkey pulled open the crackers, now it’s time for the reigning Monarch’s Speech to grace your TV screen. This standing tradition dates all the way back to 1932 when King George V delivered the Christmas broadcast through wireless communication. Since then, it has become a part of holiday celebrations offering a moment, for reflection and bringing people together. Queen Elizabeth II has carried on this tradition by addressing the nation with a message filled with hope, gratitude, and unity, while King Charles III now takes the mantle. A wonderful way to conclude the day’s festivities.

Christmas Stockings

Every child eagerly hangs a stocking by the fireplace on Christmas Eve hoping that it will be magically filled with surprises by the time they wake up. Legend has it that this tradition originated with St. Nicholas who generously threw bags of gold down a chimney to assist a struggling family. As time passed this tradition transformed into today’s Christmas stocking, symbolising the happiness of giving and the enchantment of the season. Nowadays stockings are filled with small gifts, chocolates and maybe even a juicy satsuma!

Boxing Day

After the whirlwind celebration of Christmas Day subsides in the UK, Boxing Day arrives as a moment for everyone to catch their breath. The origins behind its name remain somewhat mysterious; however, one theory suggests that it stems from an age custom of giving boxes containing food and money to those who're less fortunate. Nowadays Boxing Day is commonly associated with relaxation enjoying leftovers and searching for deals. Many people opt for a walk. Spend their time watching festive movies while others venture out into the post-Christmas sales, in pursuit of finding the perfect bargain. Keep an eye out for Luggage Superstore’s Boxing Day Sale to get some great deals on your luggage for next year’s getaway!

Christmas Nativities

Every parent is familiar with the joy (and occasional chaos) that comes with attending a school nativity play. These heartwarming performances have become a part of the holiday season. The tradition of reenacting the story of Jesus’ birth dates to St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th Century. Nowadays children dress up as angels, donkeys, and shepherds, perfectly capturing the spirit of this time of year. It serves as a reminder that regardless of costumes or forgotten lines what truly matters in a nativity play's the effort and enthusiasm displayed by young actors. The traditional Nativity play is now often given a modern spin, but the story will always remain at the centre of all Christmas Primary School plays!


As soon as midnight strikes on New Years Eve, Scots welcome in the year with an energetic celebration known as Hogmanay. This lively extravaganza includes street parties, traditional ceilidh dancing and a custom called "first footing," where the first person to enter someone’s home after midnight brings gifts for good luck. The history of Hogmanay has roots in folklore and Viking customs, which makes it a distinctive and lively way to say goodbye to the previous year and welcome the new one. Traditionally Hogmanay has been a more important celebration than Christmas to Scots, partly because until 1958 Christmas Day wasn't a public holiday!

So, there you have it – a journey through the world of British Christmas traditions. Whether you're pulling crackers wearing a funny Christmas jumper, or indulging in a flaming pudding, these delightful practices add a sprinkle of magic and cheer to the season. Here's to a Christmas brimming with happiness, laughter, and plenty of Brussels sprouts – cooked the way you prefer! Merry Christmas!