Monday, December 15, 2008

Tis the Season for Traditions

Another Moffat family Christmas Tradition. In our home along with many American homes we love to try to cramp into less than one month a year worth of tradition. We love to make Gingerbread houses out of Graham crackers. Every year it is fun to see the kids minds turn on to what they are going to make. We ask you all to, before you scroll to the bottom of the page, who's house is who's. It might suprise you. Mom, Miles, Mason, Marcus Madison. We would love to hear if you were right on or if you missed one or two. O OO OOO OOOO OOOOO OOOOOO OOOOOOO OOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO 000 000 000 Have you had enough time to figure it out yet. Have fun scrolling threw our fun Family Home evening.
Were you all right??? We had lots of fun doing this. At one point we had sprinkles spread all over the counter and green frosting on the floor. But it is all cleaned up now and hopefully the kids banked the memories. Have you ever asked your self why we make ginger bread houses. This is what I found on the internet.

The Story of Gingerbread

Most early immigrants to North America came from Europe, therefore most customs are from European origin.

Gingerbread is traced to Europe back to the 11th century. Crusader returning from the Middle East and brought back among other items a spice -- ginger. Soon after, different varieties of gingerbread appeared throughout western Europe. The variations varied widely from sweet, dark, spicy, soft or crusty, the only common characteristic was the ginger spice.

Gingerbread, the name comes from the Latin word "Zingebar", and was not used until the 15th century. By that time, gingerbread gained great popularity, especially in Germany and France. Bakers in both countries formed their own guilds, which gave them exclusive rights to make and sell the bread. However, a law was formed which prohibits them to produce gingerbread at Eastern and Christmas ("Government Red Tape" was well established). This law was eliminated in the 16th century, because of the popularity and favorite attraction of Gingerbread Bakers at market places, were gingerbread was freshly baked. Gingerbread gained such popularity at the already famous "Christkindlesmarket", in Nuremberg, Germany, that it was called the "Gingerbread Capital of the World".

The first gingerbread houses were made in Germany. Children story writer, Brothers Grimm, made them famous in the very popular fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel". The story featured a gingerbread house, which was called "Hexenhäuschen", (Witch House. The story goes, which two lost children came upon and nibbled on the sweet gingerbread house, the evil witch caught and imprisoned them).

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Laura and crew said...

I love the graham cracker houses...we have friends who have a yearly tradition of making them, too. I really like Miles' super tall one.

Moffatzoo said...

Yea it is his dream house. I bet you did not guess Mason's house, he is a perfectionist. Sorry to hear about the Christmas parties. We have enjoyed lots of snow here too. Melissa

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