Marshmallow Mondays

Gingerbread Tradition

Traditions make memories.  Yesterday, we had some fun making the gingerbread house that Santa brought for Rydan.  This has been a tradition for us for the past three years.  Rydan loves to decorate the house with various colorful candies and sugary icing.  This year, we added some extra candy of our own – mini Hershey Kisses and of course marshmallows too.

In case you’ve ever wondered about the origin of a gingerbread house, they have quite a history.  Simply google “gingerbread house history,” and you can learn all about these fun candy houses.  In summary, ginger is actually a spice from Indo-Malaysia and not only tasty, but good for an upset stomach. Cakes, cookies, and candies made use of this spice for several thousand years. All types of gingerbread became popular in Europe, but tradition says the idea of a gingerbread house came from the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale written by the Grimm brothers. 

One of my personal childhood favorites, this charming story about a brother and sister getting lost in the woods and finding a gingerbread house trimmed with candy caught the attention of bakers everywhere. From that point on, these houses became popular Christmastime traditions and remain one of the Christmas traditions in our house as well.

Below are a few photos of our 2010 house.  It may not win any awards, but it’s still a masterpiece in Rydan’s eyes.


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Aw, too cute! Thanks for sharing, as always, what is on your mind. I really enjoy reading your posts. Keep up the awesome work!

Comment by Amanda

Thanks Bridgit.

I am always thrilled to read my e-mail Monday morning and find that I can keep up with one of my favorite cousins, Ryan, and you and our sweet little Rydan. I think the gingerbread house is awesome; tell Rydan I say so. We miss all of you. We hardly got to visit at Christmas…never enough time to spread throughout the day with the families.

Hope to see you all soon.

Thanks for all the updates and smiles. It’s a great way to start the week! 🙂

Comment by Beth

The marshmallow eyes are awesome! If that gingerbread person had super powers, I’m sure it would be super sugary vision.


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