NATIONAL GINGERBREAD COOKIE DAY:
Celebrated on the 21st of November annually, it is one among the many Gingerbread festivities that proclaim the goodness of this magical combination. It is an essential part of any holiday celebration and is presented in every creative way you could imagine.
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Why National Gingerbread Cookie Day?
“What are little Gingerbread Cookies made of?
Sugar and spice, and all that’s nice;
And that’s what little Gingerbread cookies are made of, made of.”
Mr. Walter Crane’s composition, “What are little girls made of ?” would have been re-written as such if he had a bite of these sugar-sweetened,soft-centered, crispy-edged pieces of joy before he decided to write about girls and boys. And it’s an understatement if the question arises, why Gingerbread cookies?
Their spice, their molasses flavor, their smiles, and their charm are irresistible. Gingerbread cookies capture your heart in every way!
Gingerbread refers to a broad category of baked goods, typically flavored with ginger, cloves, nutmeg, or cinnamon and sweetened with honey, sugar, or molasses.
While there are numerous cookie day celebrations throughout the year( no complaints) like the peanut Butter cookie day, Sugar Cookie day, Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, and so on, what makes the Gingerbread Cookie Day so special?
One cannot help but notice the comparatively healthy ingredients used in the Gingerbread cookie recipes!
Ginger, the dominant protagonist of this sweet story provides more than just the spice component. It is known for its numerous health benefits such as anti-inflammatory properties, reducing nausea, and so on. The other ingredients used are:-
- Spices: Ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.
- Baking soda, salt, egg and vanilla extract
- Brown sugar
- The process usually involves whisking of dry ingredients, beating the dough, chilling the dough, rolling and cutting the dough, baking, and decoration.
Gingerbread cookies make sturdy walls for gingerbread houses just like in the famous fable of Hansel and Gretel. It is also widely used as embellishments for festive moments. One might even venture to ask, why stick to just one day of celebration of this mouth-watering cookie?
How Can We Observe National Gingerbread Cookie Day:
-Invite friends to help you bake and decorate.
bake your gingerbread cookies and have fun decorating and eating them today! Post on social media using #NationalGingerBreadDay and #GingerBreadDay to encourage everyone to participate in observing the day too!
-Get the children involved in the making and baking of these delicious bites and enjoy good family time!
Children love getting their hands dirty! involve them as you make cookies. Try teaching them how to make gingerbread cookies and share those adorable cookies with family and friends. Use #GingerbreadCookieDay to share on social media. you can also decorate the Gingerbread house using the Gingerbread cookies and have some hilarious laugh!
-The Gingerbread Man and Hansel and Gretel stories could be read along with a plate of your favorite GingerBread Cookies.
Another fun way to observe day is by reading the famous The Gingerbread Man and Hansel and Gretel stories to your children and family over some Gingerbread Cookies!
- Gift some Gingerbread Cookies today!
Share the joy of giving by surprising a friend, colleague, or anyone in your community who would love some of the Gingerbread cookies!
Interesting Facts About National Gingerbread Cookie Day:
-Gingerbread originates from ancient Greeks and Egyptians who used it as a ceremonial offering.
-The term gingerbread is from the Latin term zingiber via old French gingebras, meaning preserved ginger.
-In Nuremberg, Ulm and Pulsnitz in Germany, Torun in Poland, Tula in Russia, the making of gingerbread is considered a Fine Art.
-After the Brothers Grimm’s “Hansel and Gretel” story published, gingerbread house making became popular throughout Europe.
-In 992, gingerbread was first brought to Europe by am Armenian monk named Gregory of Nicopolis.
-A doctor once prescribed gingerbread to the Swedish King Hans to cure his depression.
-Queen Elizabeth I is believed to be responsible for the first gingerbread man as she had them made to resemble visiting dignitaries and then presented them to the dignitaries as a gift.
History Of National Gingerbread Cookie Day:
Gingerbread is claimed to have been brought to Europe in 992 CE by the Armenian monk Gregory of Nicopolis (also called Gregory Makar and Grégoire de Nicopolis). He left Nicopolis (in modern-day western Greece) to live in Bondaroy (north-central France), near the town of Pithiviers. He stayed there for seven years and taught gingerbread baking to French Christians. The origin and the creator of this day remain unknown.