Story of the Christmas cracker at Minishant

The story of “The Christmas Cracker” was told to the ladies of Minishant Rural by Wendy Sandiford at their December meeting.

The originator of the cracker is believed to be Tom Smith, a baker who visited Paris in the 1830s and was impressed by the packaging of the sweets sold in French shops.

He took the idea home, adapted it and named it a “bon-bon”.

Over time he introduced a sweet, a motto and a gift to his Christmas novelty and eventually, having listened to the crackling of the logs on the open fire, he invented a “cracker” which remains virtually unchanged today.

Wendy also showed the ladies quick, simple and inexpensive ways of adding glitz, glamour and style to their Christmas gifts, regardless of shape and size.

Competition winners were:

3 truffles - 1 Anne Walker 2 Fiona Robertson

Small table decoration 1 Lesley Roger 2 Anne Walker

The ladies would like to thank Santa for the gifts from his sack and offer Season’s Greetings to all members’ families and friends. They are looking forward to meeting again on Thursday January 17 for “Plain Baking with Anne Walker.