Prepare for the winter festivities at Gingerbread House Day on December 12th – a day that unites adults and children alike to create and invent. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a professional – everyone can appreciate the holiday!
Ginger has been used since ancient times as an addition to dishes to add spice. Gingerbread is believed to have appeared in Europe in the 11th century. The French have a legend that tells of an Armenian monk who brought them.
In the 16th century, figurines of men began to be baked, and Queen of England Catherine simply adored them. Culinary experts turned on all their imagination to surprise high-ranking people.
In almost all European countries, the profession of a baker was considered prestigious – many dreamed of mastering the business. Gingerbread was created in various forms: animals, hearts, soldiers were popular. Elegant and bright gingerbread houses appeared in Germany in the 1800s, thanks to the Brothers Grimm and their fairy tale of the same name. Since then, in December in many countries, people bake treats and decorate these masterpieces in their own way.
- Gingerbread houses had the greatest success in 1812 after the release of the fairy tale about Hansel and Gretel.
- They participate in exhibitions in Norway annually – usually about 2000 buildings.
- They help to feel like a child, as childhood is associated with such pastries.
How to take part
Bake your own masterpiece on Gingerbread House Day! Do it alone or involve children, parents, friends in the process. Look at photos of products and recipes, choose the most suitable one for you. Organize your own competition – announce the recruitment of participants on social networks.
When is Gingerbread House Day celebrated in 2023?
Gingerbread House Day is observed on December 12 each year.