[DEEZcover] Foreign Christmas Traditions - Gingerbread House

  • 13 December 2018
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Hello my dear music lovers,

New week, new Christmas tradition! And today we will talk about gingerbread because yesterday was Gingerbread House Day 😃.

Gingerbread houses are a favorite holiday pastime with families, or even with colleagues as in my last workplace we had our annual gingerbread competition where we would team up and compete against each others to come up with the best projects, which may not be at all a house, we could be as creative as we wanted, the only rule was that everything used (except for the stand which was polystyrene) had to be comestible! But first let’s follow the ghost of holiday’s past into the history of Gingerbread House Day...

Food historians ratify that ginger has been seasoning foodstuffs and drinks since antiquity. It is believed gingerbread was first baked in Europe at the end of the 11th century when returning crusaders brought back the custom of spicy bread from the Middle East. And ginger was not only tasty; it had properties that helped preserve the bread. According to a French legend, gingerbread was brought to Europe in 992 A.D. by the Armenian monk and later saint, Gregory of Nicopolis (Gregory Makar). Gingerbread figurines date back to the 15th century and baking human-shaped biscuits was practiced in the 16th century.

As for the tradition of making decorated gingerbread houses, it started in Germany in the early 1800’s. According to certain researchers, the first gingerbread houses were the result of the well-known Grimm’s fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. In modern times the tradition has continued in certain places in Europe. In Germany, the Christmas markets still sell decorated gingerbread before Christmas. (Lebkuchenhaus or Pfefferkuchenhaus are the German terms for a gingerbread house.)

Have you ever tried this Christmas tradition with your family? What other Christmas traditions are you fond of during the holiday period? Share with the Community in the comments below!

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My late mother didn't drink alcohol except at Christmas when she'd drink Bailey's 🙂 Now in her memory we have a drink of it on Christmas Day in her memory 🙂 (the hardship! 🙂 )
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Aww that's a nice tradition @Rob Igo I'm sure she is delighted everyone in your family still do that every year 😉