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November 27, 2020

Gingerbread house day – 12th December

Gingerbread House Day – 12th December

During the pandemic it can be hard to find social and festive things to do to keep yourself and the family entertained.  A great tradition in Sweden and Germany is the construction of a festive Gingerbread house.

Building a gingerbread house (or pepparkakshus in Swedish) is one of the most quintessential features of the run-up to Christmas in many Swedish and German families.

Gingerbread house day with hansel and gretel fairy tale

Hansel and Gretel

The gingerbread theme is believed to have come to Europe in the late 19th century, inspired by the Brothers Grimm and their legendary fairy tale about Hansel and Gretel.

If you’re not aware of the fairy tale here is summary kindly provided by Wikipedia…

Hansel and Gretel, are a brother and sister abandoned in a forest, where they fall into the hands of a cannibalistic witch who lives in a house made of gingerbread, cake, and pastries. The witch intends to fatten the children before eventually eating them, but Gretel outwits the witch and kills her. The two children then escape with their lives and return home with the witch’s treasure.

World record gingerbread house in AmericaWorld Record

One of the most significant dates when it comes to gingerbread houses, was in 2015 when the biggest gingerbread house in the world was created. The gingerbread house covered an area of a monumental 2,520 square-feet. To put this into perspective, this is roughly half of the size of a typical tennis court. It reached 21-feet in height. As a result, it amassed to 35.8 million calories, but let’s not think about those pesky things! Crowned the biggest gingerbread house in the Guinness World Records, this feat occurred in Bryan, Texas.

Make a Gingerbread HouseBuild your own gingerbread house with this kit from Lidl

Having an entire house made of sweets and cake must be in the dreams of many children. Therefore, there is so much fun to be had baking and building your own too.

If you prefer, the ready made version they can be found in most supermarkets at this time of year.

A particularly good one is this one from Lidl.  It contains all everything you need including the decorations. Although, you may wish to purchase some extras as I do tend to find they disappear during the making process!

Self Catering Holiday Home

The beauty of going away is your holiday home might have a more spacious or well equipped kitchen where you can enjoy baking and preparing special meals for your loved ones.  Additionally, being on holiday also means you have more quality time to spend preparing something special.

At Christmas being able to bring our family and friends together in a social bubble is going to be a really special treat.  So enjoy your Gingerbread house, bake some mince pies, pop on some Christmas carols and pour yourself a glass of something bubbly.  In conclusion, take plenty of photos and preserve that Christmas spirit forever.


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