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Gingerbread Houses


Some of the gingerbread houses, decorated by residents, that were on display last year.

By Patty Paulsen

The first known gingerbread recipes date back to 2400 BC in Greece. Queen Elizabeth I is said to have displayed gingerbread figures at her court. Gingerbread houses originated in 16th century Germany, constructed of a special German dough.

One of the enjoyable experiences of the LCG holiday season is gingerbread house decorating in late November. Each participating resident is given a naked, constructed gingerbread house, a piping bag full of sticky white frosting, and the choice of many colorful candies as decorating materials for the sides and roof of their house.

Sometimes residents bring in additional decorating materials for even more variety. One resident wanted sparkle over her snowy roofline and created it by sprinkling glitter over the snow of her house. Another brought in ancient almonds to create a saggy snowy covered chimney. This activity is great fun and requires no artistic talent. All can view these personal creations at the annual clubhouse Christmas display.

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