South Windsor Smiles - December 2019

EVERYTHING YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THIS HOL IDAY TRADI T ION The Joy of a Gingerbread House

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 byTraditions 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. BUILDYOUR OWN! While you don’t have to challenge yourself to beat the GuinnessWorld 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. Patients P nts Won’t Go Anywhere Else “Not many people can go into a dentist’s office smiling or come out of the office laughing.These people are top-notch, friendly, and make going to the dentist fun! I’ve been seeing Dr. Norige and his staff for years, and I refuse to go anywhere else!”

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