Just ask my friend Kathy at http://www.casa-dolce-casa.blogspot.com/ about the British and Christmas "crackers." These little foil-wrapped wonders are a tradition in the UK. When Kathy was in London last spring, she sent me Easter "crackers," which I love dearly.
I've just about let the holidays slip up on me this year (but I have been writing, right?), so I decided to attempt homemade "crackers."
Here's a tutorial:
Basically, cut the paper to fit the roll and leave a few inches on both sides. Tie one end, fill with trinkets and candy, and tie.
Here's a peek at the edible centerpiece (more tomorrow):