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Gingerbread House Day

On 12 December every year, the Gingerbread House day is celebrated by building a gingerbread house. A gingerbread house is a house made of gingerbread with candy and icing for decoration. After building the house, it is customary to call friends over to break and eat it. The Gingerbread House day is celebrated by making the gingerbread houses.

Gingerbread House Recipes
Gingerbread is a sweet, soft, cake-like aromatic biscuit associated with the festivities of Christmas. Gingerbread house is made of gingerbread which is typically made of flour, brown sugar, butter and dried or ground ginger. Before actually constructing the gingerbread house, the gingerbread is baked on large baking sheets.
Then, with the help of cardboard cutouts and detailed instructions, the house is assembled with the icing as glue. Finally colorful candy is used to decorate the house. The legend of the Gingerbread house has origins in the story of Hansel and Gretel. That’s why many children like to build gingerbread houses for Gingerbread House day.

Origin of Gingerbread House
Gingerbread recipes originated in France, Europe from where it was taken to Sweden by the 15th century. Gingerbread was used by to cure digestion problems. Eventually gingerbread biscuits were baked and decorated, only to be used as window decorations. By the 16th century, gingerbread biscuits were being sold and by the 18th century, gingerbread became a widely available
The tradition of building gingerbread houses became popular in the 17th century. As the tale of Hansel and Gretel became famous in Europe and America, children were fascinated with the idea of a gingerbread house. Eventually recipes of gingerbread houses, with instructions and drawings also became popular. Today there are competitions held in numerous cities on 12th December to judge the best gingerbread house, on gingerbread house day.

How to Eat Gingerbread
Gingerbread can be cut like cookies or shaped like the Gingerbread man or the Gingerbread House, in honor of this holiday. Even the holiday of the Gingerbread House day is a run up to the celebrations of Christmas.

Trivia: Gingerbread House Day

Did you know that the Gingerbread House Day is also celebrated as Poinsettia Day?