Gingerbread Houses For Christmas A Nice Way To Express Creativity
Some wonderful and one just silly examples of gingerbread houses
The Elaborate To The Downright Funny!
There must be as many ways to make and design gingerbread houses for Christmas as there are to build and design real homes. The nice thing about the ones made of gingerbread, though, is the extra freedom one has to express themselves, and it is not a permanent thing. Once Christmas is over, they can be eaten and a new one made the next year!
I wasn't sure whether to categorize this hub as "food" or "Christmas decorations," so "Christmas decorations" it is! Making gingerbread is relatively easy, and molds can even be purchased so the gingerbread doesn't have to be cut into a house shape. Dough is simply baked in the mold. Modern day conveniences are just amazing these days! Some stores even feature ready made gingerbread house "kits" - simply "glue" pre-cut gingerbread pieces together with icing and decorate. Now we're talkin!
Other ways to make "gingerbread houses" involve the use of things like graham crackers, as you'll see in one of the pictures here... someone made a "redneck gingerbread house," a gingerbread trailer featuring a car on blocks in the front yard and a dirt driveway. Someone had a very creative mind, and perhaps a little too much time on their hands?
Some gingerbread houses range from elaborate, to a carnival made of gingerbread, to the more traditional style gingerbread house. Any way you want to make them, I don't think there really IS a wrong way! Freedom to express one's imagination and creativity is what it's all about! And the decorations can be made from just about any candy you can imagine, as you'll see in these pictures.
Gingerbread's earliest date goes back to the year 992 when it was brought to Europe by an Armenian Monk named Gregory of Nicopolis. He moved to France, and brought with him the knowledge of how to make gingerbread, which he shared with French cooks there.
Then in the 13th century, gingerbread was brought to Sweden by some German immigrants. Gingerbread is most often thought to have originated in Germany, since this is the place where it has historically been very popular. In the 1400's, gingerbread was even eaten by people that were suffering from indigestion. I had actually heard of this "home remedy" and have been told that it is a very effective way to help with indigestion.
A town called "Shropshire" in the UK is the town that is best known for gingerbread, and the welcome sign on the way in to the town even features gingerbread. The first time it is mentioned that gingerbread was made in this town dates all the way back to 1793.
The term gingerbread actually is a reference to the phrase "preserved ginger", and at one time was made mostly with honey and spices. Later more spices were added and the recipe changed, according to the traditions of the countries in which it was being made.
So, whether you're taste ranges from a farm, to a castle, to a traditional gingerbread house, to a carnival, feel free to express yourself when you make your gingerbread home. And if "it's all good in the trailer-hood," there's a gingerbread "house" for that, too! The idea is to have fun, let the kids help decorate them, and the experience will leave them with fond memories they will carry with them and cherish for the rest of their lives. Isn't that what Christmas is all about?