Jeremy Cain, Community Participation Coordinator for Hallam diocese, has a cracking suggestion…
Why are Christmas trees bad knitters? Because they keep losing their needles.Why was the turkey in the pop group? Because he was the only one with drumsticks. And my favourite: what do you give a dog for Christmas? A mobile bone!
Christmas cracker jokes never let you down- groaning at them is all part of the fun! But the toys are always a disappointment, even in the posh crackers from famous department stores (£70 for 6, if you can believe it).
So here’s an idea for this year- make your own! There’s plenty of instructions for how to do this on the internet or you can even buy kits from places like Hobbycraft. Not only will it be an enjoyable activity to do with the kids but you can choose exactly the gift- and the joke- you want to include.
Just to be different, why not choose a World Gift? Buy online, select the ecard option, and you’ll receive a beautiful illustration you can print out, roll up and include in your cracker. Either buy an expensive gift for everyone to share or get one each of our cheaper gifts- you could even include some colouring pencils or a Divine chocolate coin! However you do it, you’ll be making Christmas dinner that little bit more special by both remembering and helping people living in poverty.
Of course, if you’re still looking for that perfect under-the-tree present for your family and friends, World Gifts might also be answer. Have a look and see what inspires you. After all, for the man/woman who has everything, what better than something for someone who has nothing?
And if you really are stuck for something to buy for that special person, can I suggest a broken drum? Why? Well, you just can’t beat it!!