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by Alison Crane, FCS Agent- Garland County - December 1, 2020
The year 2020 has been difficult in many respects, but one positive thing has been
how many families are spending more time at home. This makes more time for arts and
crafts projects and baking. Are you staying home this holiday season? If so, you might
need some fresh ideas for ways to at home with your family. Why not take a few fun
facts about gingerbread and start a new family tradition?
The first time I made a gingerbread house was when I was in college. One of the projects
we were required to do for my Meal Management class was to make a fully decorated
gingerbread structure from scratch to be used as decoration for the Faculty Christmas
Tea. We could make any type of structure we wanted, but it had minimum size requirements
and have certain decorative elements.
Being the overachiever that I tend to be, I decided to go all out and make a gingerbread
church complete with lighted stained-glass candy windows, steeple, and a gingerbread
cookie manger scene out front. The time I spent planning my project and how nice it
was smelling the spicy, sweet smells as I mixed, rolled, baked, and constructed is
still a happy memory.
That was the first of many gingerbread projects and I was thoroughly hooked and happy
with my first attempt, even though I did find out that architecture wasn’t necessarily
my strong point. Since then, I have made gingerbread houses with my children and even
organized gingerbread house contests. It is a fun holiday activity that we have tried
to do most years.
You can find Gingerbread Fun Facts and Recipes in the Related Links below.
If you would like more information about gingerbread, you can visit our UAEX webpage
for more articles and recipes. While you are there be sure to check out our tips for
safe and healthy family gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic. https://www.uaex.uada.edu/
References: www.nationaldaystoday.com, www.confectionarychalet.com, & www.smithsonianmagazine.com
December 2020 EHC Blog article
By Alison Crane, FCS Agent – Garland County Cooperative Extension Service