Gingerbread House Day - December 12

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What is Gingerbread House Day?

Making Gingerbread Houses is a favorite holiday pastime with families, be it with parents or even grandparents. This sweet holiday is observed annually on December 12, though it is an unofficial holiday, it is still one that family and friends are sure to enjoy! Celebrating this day involves creating that sweet and spicy gingerbread house. The best part? Get to eat your yummy creation.

How Gingerbread House Day came to be

Gregory Makar of Nicopolis, an Armenian monk, brought gingerbread to Europe around 992 AD and taught French Christians to bake it. Back then, gingerbread was often used in religious ceremonies and was baked to be sturdy as it was often molded into images of saints. We can thank the Brothers’ Grimm for the idea of a gingerbread house through their well-known fairytale of Hansel and Gretel. However, it didn’t take long for the Germans to pick up the gingerbread house idea and put it to a more festive use by making snowy cottages made from the spicy-sweet treat.

How to celebrate Gingerbread House Day

The Christmas holiday season has traditions that come along with it and one of those fun family traditions is making gingerbread houses. To celebrate Gingerbread House Day, take the family out for a shopping trip and pick up the supplies necessary to make a gingerbread house. You can use your creative mind to come up with a simple or elaborate design — it can be designed to look like houses, castles, boats, literally anything you want it to be. Whichever way you decide to make your gingerbread houses, the end result will surely be fantastic and scrumptiously edible! Another way to celebrate Gingerbread House Day is to have a family night, wherein everyone decorates their own house, much like Master Chef but with gingerbread houses.

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