Germany's soft form of Gingerbread was called Lebkuchen and sold at Christmas time in street markets and at carnivals. In various European and Scandinavian countries the hard, brittle type are sold as window decorations. A recipe that hardens the gingerbread is used to make the houses. These are fun to decorate at Christmas and are a tradition in many families. These are decorated with candies and icing.
The people of Bergen, Norway since 1991 have built a City of Gingerbread Houses every year just before Christmas. This is claimed to be the largest city of its kind. Kids under 12 can get in free and with the parents help can make a gingerbread house. Making and decorating a Gingerbread House is a real art.
In 2009, the Guinness Book of Records revealed that the world's largest Gingerbread Man was made on December 2, 2006 by the Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce in Smithville, Texas, USA. This was displayed at their annual Festival of Lights celebration.
Also of note, recently a potential record-setting Gingerbread Man was on display in Madison Wisconsin, USA by the Dane County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). They unveiled the World's largest Gingerbread Man, which stood 26 feet, 2 inches tall. The weight is unknown.
On this page you will find Free patterns for gingerbread houses. Also photos, history, easy, how to make, Christmas, traditional, paterens, patters, plans, template and more for your gingerbread house. Learn where did the ginger bread house come from.
A Tall Yarn
One time when were outside playing my siblings and I were startled when a beast came around the house toward us. We screamed and ran as it lunged and shook its head and made funny snorting sounds. It was brown and hairy all over except for its head that had many pretty colors.
It suddenly dawned on us that it was Rex, our dog and that he had something on his head. He was shaking around trying to dislodge whatever it was. Coming closer we were amazed to discover that he had our gingerbread house on his head. He must have pushed inside the door of the gingerbread and gotten stuck. But how did he get it? The gingerbread house was supposed to be indoors on the kitchen table.
We started to laugh and could hardly contain ourselves as we ran over and grabbed the house and pulled it off his head. In the process the house broke into several pieces but the little disaster was nothing compared to sight of the frosting covered dog. Once he was free he started to work on the gingerbread house in earnest and we let him have it as it was ruined anyway.
As that moment mothers appeared and demanded to know who had left the door open so that the dog could come inside. We had to admit that we had been so much in haste to get outside in the fresh snow that one of us must have left it open and Rex smelling something great sneak inside and made off with the prize.