Christmas is coming quickly and one of my favorite things about Christmas is getting to eat gingerbread! I love the way it smells and tastes and how I can make, bake and decorate them with family or friends.
But if I'm gonna be honest, I don’t really know much about why gingerbread is a Christmas thing.

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A gingerbread man is a cookie made from flour, butter, brown sugar, sweetener ( honey or golden syrup) and eggs. Its flavored with ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

The first known recipe for gingerbread was recorded in Greece in 2400bc.

Later in Europe queen Elizabeth had the idea of decorating these humanoid shaped cookies in order to make them look more like her dinner guests. Over time gingerbread men were decorated to make the change of the seasons, different colors and flowers were painted onto their surface.

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Gingerbread houses originated in Germany during the 16th century, their popularity rose when the story Hansel and Gretel was written by the brothers Grimm however it is unknown whether the story became popular because of the gingerbread houses or vice versa.

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Later in the late 1700s gingerbread men were used to sway American voters towards different candidates.

But why eat gingerbread at Christmas? Well besides it being a fun indoor activity to do whilst its cold outside gingerbread was considered sacred and was only allowed to be made by the public during Christmas time.
Gingerbread quickly began being made into religious icons which in the 17th century was a prestigious practice and was only performed by a certain few.

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Thanks for reading!
Should I make an article trying different gingerbread recipes to see which ones work the best?

Here is the first recipe I tried out.

here's another Christmas origins story.