Celebrating Gingerbread

Gingerbread Holidays

There are three days that celebrate gingerbread.

Christmas is coming! Time to break out those old gingerbread recipes, gum drops, frosting or buy a gingerbread house kit! Gather the family around and make some gingerbread art!

June 5th – National Gingerbread Day

November 21st – National Gingerbread Day

December 12th – National Gingerbread House Day

History Timeline of Gingerbread

  • 992 – According to the French legend, gingerbread was first brought to Europe by the Armenian monk, aka saint, Gregory of Nicopolis. He lived for seven years in Bondaroy, France, near the town of Pithiviers, where he taught gingerbread cooking to priests and other Christians.
  • 8th Century – A Greek document says that in addition to gold, frankincense, and myrrh, given as gifts by three “wise men from the east”, ginger was the gift of one wise man who was unable to complete the journey to Bethlehem.
  • 16th Century – Queen Elizabeth I of England is credited with making the first gingerbread figures made in the likeness of some of her important guests and giving them to them as gifts. 
  • 17th Century – Gingerbread baking became it’s own professions. Only professional gingerbread bakers were allowed to bake gingerbread except at Christmas and Easter, when anyone was allowed to bake it.
  • 17th Century – In Europe gingerbreads were sold in special shops and at seasonal markets that sold sweets and gingerbread shaped as hearts, stars, soldiers, babies, riders, trumpets, swords, pistols and animals. Gingerbread was especially sold outside churches on Sunday
  • 18th Century –  It is believed that the first gingerbread houses were the result of the well-known Grimm’s fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel”. In this tale, two children lost in a forest found an edible house made of bread with candy decorations, a tradition that later came to America with Pennsylvanian German immigrants, although the Grimm brothers insisted they were writing about something that already existed.

Gingerbread Trivia

  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest gingerbread house had an internal volume of 39,201.8 ft and was created by Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas, on November 30th. 2013. The house was 60 ft long and 42 ft wide and 10.1 ft tall at its highest point. Visitors to the house were able to meet Santa Claus, in exchange for a donation to St Joseph’s Hospital in order to raise monies to build a new trauma center.
  • The New York Hall of Science in Queens holds the Guinness Book of World Records ranking for the largest gingerbread village in the world.  It consists of 1,251 buildings and was constructed by Jon Lovitch and displayed at the New York Hall of Science in Corona, New York, on January 6th, 2017.
  • The walled medieval town of Dinkelsbühl, southern Germany, is called a real-life town of gingerbread houses. 
  • There are three holidays celebrating Gingerbread. June 5thNovember 21st and December 12th.
  • According to the Swedish tradition, you can make a wish, using gingerbread by putting the gingerbread in your palm and then make a wish. Then break the gingerbread with your other hand. If the gingerbread brakes into three pieces, the wish will come true.
  • In England, it is a tradition for unmarried women eat gingerbread “husbands” for luck in meeting the real thing.
  • At the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain in Tucson, Arizona, there’s a life-size gingerbread house where you could book a meal during the holiday season for around $300, You eat your meal inside a structure made with 850 pounds of sugar!  Sadly though they no longer do this.

 
 

Here’s a recipe for Gingerbread Cake for you!

And here’s a Gingerbread Man Recipe

 

Memes to Share on Social Media

Some Cute Gingerbread Houses Pictures

  Sources: Smithsonian, Guinness Book of World Records





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