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The Gingerbread House at Christmas – Traditional Origins

Where the noble Gingerbread House first began can be traced back to Germany in the 1800’s where traditionally Gingerbread Houses were largely attributed to the Grimm’s Fairy Tale – Hansel and Gretal (Lebkuchenhaus or Pfefferkuchenhaus are the actual German terms for a gingerbread house)  

In modern times that tradition has continued with making Gingerbread Houses still a means by which many families celebrate Christmas but did you know that despite it being the most common, a Gingerbread House does not have to be an actual house?

It can be anything from a castle, small cabin, church, sports stadium, museum or another type of building as well as other items such as Gingerbread men and women or even cars etc.

In the country of Sweden Gingerbread Houses are prepared in celebration of Saint Lucy’s Day while since 1991, the people of Bergen in Norway, have built a city of gingerbread houses each year before Christmas. Named Pepperkakebyen (Norwegian for “the gingerbread village”) it is claimed to be the world’s largest such city…

Guinness World Records

In 2013, a group in the town of Byron Texas USA, broke the Guinness World Record set the previous year with an edible walled Gingerbread House that was prepared in aid of a Hospital Trauma Centre. Sounds incredible, doesn’t it?

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