The Joy of a Gingerbread House
Everything You Didn’t Know About This Holiday Tradition
Of the many seasonal traditions that sweep our nation, few are as creative, delicious, and satisfying as building your very own gingerbread house. Whether you’re looking to create a simple table decoration or bake a tasty treat to nibble on, everyone can enjoy this holiday activity! THE ORIGINS OF GINGERBREAD Ginger was first cultivated in ancient China, then traded into medieval Europe. There, Europeans incorporated it into culinary traditions and used it to bake cookies into elaborate shapes and works of art, including figures of animals and people. The gingerbread house first appeared in the early 19th century in Germany. Although historians don’t know an exact date, it’s speculated that it gained popularity around
the same time that “Hansel and Gretel,” the popular fairy tale recorded by the Brothers Grimm, was published. THE LARGEST GINGERBREAD HOUSE In 2013, the world record for the largest gingerbread house in the world was broken. The house, topping out at 21 feet and covering 2,520 square feet, was built by Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas, to raise money for a local Level II trauma center. To construct the house, builders created a recipe that required 1,800 pounds of butter, 2,925 pounds of brown sugar, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour, 1,080 ounces of ground ginger, and a few additional ingredients. BUILD YOUR OWN! While you don’t have to challenge yourself to beat the Guinness World Record, you can still
have fun creating your very own gingerbread village. Starting your gingerbread house from scratch can be a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy. Give the kids a chance to mix the ingredients, roll out the dough, and set out plenty of candies and frostings to use, and remember to have fun! If you’re looking for unique gingerbread house ideas, take a look at 20 gingerbread house ideas at TasteofHome.com/collection/ gingerbread-houses.
Show Your Kids Love Even When You Can’t Spend the Holidays Together From Mom, With Love
There’s nothing quite like the magic of Christmas through a child’s eyes. As they eagerly await the big day and a visit from Santa, parents begin to get excited too. Following a divorce, it can be difficult to capture that magic and keep it alive, especially if you have to spend the holidays away from your children. This holiday season, let your kids know you are thinking of them with these long-distance holiday celebration tips. DIGITAL WISHES The advent of technology has made our lives easier in many ways, and perhaps the biggest improvement is the power of connection. With resources like Skype, FaceTime, and social media platforms, you can see your children’s
reactions to the holidays in real time. If you’re comfortable with it, watch your child open presents from FaceTime. Or establish a family Facebook page or Snapchat group, where you can all share photos, videos, and schedules for the holiday. Thanks to technology, there’s no reason why you have to miss their smiling faces when Santa gives them just what they asked for this season. SURPRISE! You may have sent their gifts with them or made plans to celebrate when they return, but you don’t have to stop there. Communicate with your ex about surprising your children with a Christmas Day package or digitally send them some cash on Christmas morning via Venmo, PayPal, or other digital banking
platforms. The element of surprise will remind them that you wish you could be there.
TASTES OF HOME Your child may now have two homes, but that doesn’t negate the fact that they may miss certain parts of each home when they are away. If you make the best holiday cookies or if your kiddos love the lasagna you make every Christmas, send those treats along with them! There’s no reason why they should miss out on the foods they love most this holiday season, and with every bite, they will be reminded that their other parent loves them just as much. You’re never alone when the Law Offices of Kevin Jensen guide you through a divorce. Get your questions answered by calling 480.632.7373.
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