Christmas Tradition Origins: Gingerbread

Gingerbread house

Gingerbread house

Gingerbread can be traced back to ancient times. One common legend claims gingerbread was invented to cure indigestion; much like how we use ginger ale. The word "gingerbread" comes from the Old French word "gingebras," which means "preserved ginger."

Gingerbread men were supposedly invented around 500 years ago by Queen Elizabeth I, who had them made to give as gifts to visiting officials. 

By this time, it was common to make and decorate elaborate gingerbread cookies and sculpture's.

Bakers began making gingerbread houses in the 1800s in Germany, because the gingerbread houses looked like the bred/cake and sugar witch's house from the Brothers Grimm fairytale "Hansel and Gretel."