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Christmas is coming soon, we will be holding a cup of hot chocolate, the plates on the table are with candy canes and gingerbread men, enjoying the warm Christmas. However, have you ever wondered why do we eat gingerbread on Christmas? Just think about it, nobody makes gingerbread house in March. (Means, it is not necessary)
Gingerbread can be gingerbread houses, gingerbread men or gingersnaps. It tastes different from any other baked foods you ever had, which makes it so special.
The Gingerbread Man
Gingerbread dates from the 15th century and figural biscuit-making were practiced in the 16th century. Speaking the gingerbread men, many believe that these iconic and tasty figure-shaped gingerbread biscuits date back to Elizabeth I of England. She had them baked to resemble some guests she was expecting, and honestly, it sounds like she created the most unique holiday gift ever.
There are many stories about gingerbread men, but the most classic is the fairy tale “The gingerbread man” which has many of the most popular elements.
It is in the 1875 St. Nicholas tale, an old woman and her husband lived alone in a cabin deep in the woods and far away from the village. With no children of their own, this couple felt lonely day and night. There came an idea to the old woman: She would make a boy out of gingerbread. However, the moment she pulled the gingerbread out of the oven, the boy(gingerbread man) jumped from the pan and fled the cabin. The woman and her husband ran and chased, but were unable to catch him. As the boy ran, he happily sang a song.
“Run, run, as fast as you can. You can’t catch me—I’m the gingerbread man!”
The gingerbread man then outran several farmworkers and farm animals singing along with the same song till he met a fox saying “You don’t look like you taste good at all.” The gingerbread man was stunned silently with the attitude of the fox. Before he could formulate a reply, though, the fox gobbled him up in one swift motion.
Some say the gingerbread flavor foods are associated with the holiday season, while others say gingerbread was sacred and considered a delicacy reserved during Christmas and Easter. Therefore, that's probably why it's seen as a Christmas delicacy.
This Christmas, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a new year bright with joy and success!
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