Gingerbread House Day is celebrated on December 12th each year in the United States. It is also known as National Gingerbread House Day or Gingerbread Day. The family tradition of enjoying gingerbread houses during the Christmas season dates back centuries in history.
Let’s take a deeper look at the holiday tradition by answering some frequently asked questions. And discover how you and your family can celebrate National Gingerbread House Day this coming holiday season!
When is Gingerbread House Day?
The tradition of making gingerbread houses is celebrated on December 12 each year in the United States to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season.
What day is it this year?
Check out the following list to find out what day Gingerbread House Day falls on this year:
- Saturday, December 12, 2020
- Sunday, December 12, 2021
- Monday, December 12, 2022
- Tuesday, December 12, 2023
- Thursday, December 12, 2024
- Friday, December 12, 2025
Here are some frequently asked questions with answers related to gingerbread houses.
What is a gingerbread house?
A gingerbread house is a small house made out of gingerbread cookie dough, frosting, and candy. The novelty confection is completely edible and delicious!
The traditional gingerbread house is made before Christmas by baking pieces of gingerbread dough and assembling the pieces with icing. The roof tiles are made of frosting with candy ornamentations. Creative use of icing gives the quaint scene a snowy feel.
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What are the traditional ingredients of gingerbread?
The traditional ingredients used in baking gingerbread are honey (sugar), ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cardamom.
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What are the health benefits of ginger?
Ginger adds more than a spicy kick to the gingerbread mix. It is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and aid in indigestion. Some believe it also lowers cholesterol, and may even help lower heart disease and help fight cancer.
What is the history of Gingerbread House Day?
French legend states that the Armenian monk, Gregory of Nicopolis,
introduced gingerbread to Europe in 992 AD. He taught his baking process to Christians in France, who spread the word of the delicious treat.
By the 13th century, Franconian monks in Germany began making gingerbread, often shaping it into different forms. The monks’ master baker guilds went further in shaping gingerbread dough into complicated and creative designs. Eventually Nuremberg, Germany became known as the “Gingerbread Capital of the World.” The popularity of baking gingerbread spread across the rest of Europe.
When was the first gingerbread house made?
The tradition of making gingerbread houses began in Germany in the 1800s, possibly inspired by the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. German immigrants brought the gingerbread-house building tradition to America during the 19th century.
Gingerbread House Day facts
When should you make a gingerbread house?
Gingerbread houses are typically made around the Christmas season, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy one at any time of the year!
Are you supposed to eat gingerbread houses?
Gingerbread houses are entirely edible and delicious.
How long does a gingerbread house keep?
A gingerbread house can last several weeks in a pantry and many months longer if it’s kept in the freezer.
How are gingerbread houses held together?
Panels of baked gingerbread dough are held together with royal icing (made from egg whites and sugar) which acts as an edible glue or mortar when it dries. After that, the houses are then adorned with frosting and candy.
How do you celebrate Gingerbread House Day?
Here are a few simple ways you can celebrate Gingerbread House Day:
- Invite the kids in your family to help join the process. It will ease the workload, and of course, it will create lasting memories for them.
- Make a gingerbread house and share it with your family and friends.
- Have a contest with friends and post photos of your creations on social media. Then, use the hashtags below to tag your posts.
- Make gingerbread-house baking an annual family tradition along with your Christmas and holiday celebrations.
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What are some other related holidays to Gingerbread House Day?
- National Homemade Cookies Day – October 1
- National Cake Decorating Day – October 10
- Gingerbread Cookie Day – November 21
- National Poinsettia Day – December 12
- National Cocoa Day – December 13
- Cupcake Day – December 15
- National Cookie Exchange Day – December 22
What is the famous Gingerbread Man fairy tale?
The Gingerbread Man fairy tale first appeared in St. Nicholas Magazine in 1875. You may remember its famous line, “Run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man!”
- What did the owner say when her gingerbread house burned to the ground?
Dang, that cost me a lot of dough!
- Why did the gingerbread man not show up for work at his job?
He was feeling crumby.
- What did the gingerbread man put on his bed?
A cookie sheet.
- What type of cane does a gingerbread man use?
A candy cane.
- What did the doctor say to the gingerbread man with sore knees?
Try icing it.
Gingerbread House Day quotes
And lastly, we’ve saved some of our favorite quotations and sayings on the topic.
- Happiness is the smell of gingerbread baking in the oven.
- I love the scents of winter! For me, it’s all about the feeling you get when you smell pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, and spruce.
- I thought maybe we could make gingerbread houses, and eat cookie dough and go ice skating and maybe even hold hands.
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- The Gingerbread House has four walls, a roof, a door, a window, and a chimney. It is decorated with many sweet culinary delights on the outside. But on the inside, there is nothing-only the bare gingerbread walls. It is not a real house – not until you decide to add a Gingerbread Room. That’s when the stories can move in. They will stay in residence for as long as you abstain from taking the first gingerbread bite.
- Christmas for me is all about spending time with my family. I cherish any chance we have to spend all day together making gingerbread houses, baking cookies, or sitting around and watching movies.
- And I had but one penny in the world. Thou shouldn’t have it to buy gingerbread.
- I don’t s’pose anybody on earth likes gingerbread better’n I do – and gets less’n I do.
By Claire Evans
Claire writes about crafts, family, and entertainment.
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