Some years ago I attended a day on preaching Christmas with J John, which is where I first heard this idea.

Inside every cracker there is:

  1. A gift  (the gift of God’s son)
  2. A crown (who comes as king)
  3. A message (of God’s love for the world)

Each of these points can be expanded to fit the kind of congregation and setting you face.I have used it in both all age services and a carol service for adults with learning difficulties. The fun of pulling crackers seems to appeal to all and each person ends up with a gift, a crown and  a motto as a reminder.

Not only that – but the visual aids are really easy to buy too!