Hansel and Gretel, a tale by the Brothers’ Grimm, is grim, indeed. Published in 1812 in Germany, the plot includes the siblings, Hansel and Gretel, and an evil witch living deep in the forest. The children are kidnapped and held in the witch’s house-made of cake and confections. The first gingerbread house…..

Are gingerbread houses part of your Christmas decorations?
Did you know that the original “gingerbread man” was an image of saints and important religious characters?  Molds made it possible to mass produce this gingerbread, and they were often sold outside churches during the Christmas and Easter season.  Various forms of gingerbread were popular through the years, but it was the Brothers’ Grimm tale of Hansel and Gretel that brought attention to  the “gingerbread house.”

Over time the gingerbread house became a part of celebrating Christmas-brought to America by way of the Pennsylvanian Germans.  I could post the recipe that is beloved by German bakers on how to make your gingerbread house from scratch, but we like to keep it real at Call Me Sister; so I’ll tell you the best kit value is at Aldi.  Hobby Lobby, Was-Mart and K-mart all have the boxed version-allowing you to spend your time decorating with the family.  We like to make gingerbread house decorating a Thanksgiving activity when adults just want to zone out after a big meal-and the kids still have that infinite amount of energy.

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The present day gingerbread house is a holiday must for families. Here is an example of our family's effort-created when we were all together for Thanksgiving.

The present day gingerbread house is a holiday must for families. Here is an example of our family’s effort-created when we were all together for Thanksgiving.

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