Gingerbread House Day

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There are a lot of different ways to get in the holiday spirit, but one of the most fun is decorating a gingerbread house. Gingerbread houses are always a big hit and can be simple or complex, depending on how much time and effort you want to put into them. Some people opt for simple designs made from regular gingerbread cookies, while others use more elaborate and intricate and custom designs.

Regardless of the design, gingerbread houses are a great way to spend some time with family and friends. They’re simple to make and can be decorated in minutes, so they’re perfect for any occasion. If you’re looking for a fun and unique holiday tradition to add to your calendar, gingerbread house day are definitely a great option.

Key Takeaways

  • Gingerbread House Day is celebrated on December 12
  • Celebrate the day by building a gingerbread house – alone or with a group
  • To make a gingerbread house you need gingerbread, royal icing, a piping bag, and assorted decorations.

What is Gingerbread House Day?

As the name suggest Gingerbread House Day is a day to bake, decorate and celebrate Gingerbread Houses. The day is celebrated near the beginning of Christmas celebrations because the smell of gingerbread seems to trigger our Christmas spirit and a great way to put us in the holiday mood.

The History of Gingerbread House Day

Even tough Gingerbread houses has been made for a long time the history of Gingerbread House Day is fairly short. The first mention of Gingerbread House Day is believed to have been in Appleton, Michigan in 2003. An article announcing the holiday was published on December 12 – and the same notice was posted in other newspapers that year.

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When is Gingerbread House Day?

Gingerbread House Day is celebrated every year on December 12.

Gingerbread House Day Dates

This year Gingerbread House Day is celebrated on Thursday, Dec 12, 2024

Year Date Day
2024 Dec 12 Thursday
2025 Dec 12 Friday
2026 Dec 12 Saturday
2027 Dec 12 Sunday
2028 Dec 12 Tuesday
2029 Dec 12 Wednesday

How is Gingerbread House Day Celebrated?

There are a few ways to celebrate Gingerbread House day, here are our top 3 suggestions:

  1. Bake a gingerbread house – You can buy a kit with pre-measured molds or make a big batch of gingerbread and cut out the correctly- sized pieces before baking. No matter how you do it – you’re guaranteed a spicy good time.
  2. Host a gingerbread house competition – this is a perfect activity for a ladies’ group, a Scout troop, or even a fundraiser. It’s lots of fun to look at (and, afterward, to eat!). Crank up the holiday tunes, lay out lots of frosting, sprinkles, and other decorations, and let everyone try for a prize.
  3. Wash it down with gingerbread latte – Once everyone’s eaten their fill, they’ll need something to drink. You could get these at a coffee shop, but if not, grab some gingerbread syrup. Add the syrup to a shot of espresso with some warm milk. It’s a winning combination.

Why We Love Gingerbread House Day

1. Gingerbread Reminds Us of Fairy Tales

Gingerbread was eaten for centuries in Europe, but fairytale authors The Brothers Grimm were responsible for making it popular. The story of Hansel and Gretel: lured by a witch into a house made of gingerbread, was so intriguing; people began designing and making gingerbread masterpieces – especially during the holiday season.

2. It Helps You Feel Like a Kid

Any crafting project will make you feel like a child in an art class. But, when the materials you design with are warm, fragrant, and sticky, you’ll want to let out every childlike impulse.

3. A gingerbread house is a Family Tradition

There’s always room for one more gingerbread house. (And, if it’s your first gingerbread house – well, who knows? You might become an expert.)

4. Gingerbread Houses are Tricky to Make Perfectly – It’s a fun challenge for people of any age

Unless you’re a professional Baker – or have a friend who is – don’t be discouraged if your first attempt looks like a disaster. Every gingerbread house is different and you’ll only learn by making mistakes. It’s fun to see what you can do – and to eat the results! 🙂

5.  Because …. ginger!

Ginger gives the gingerbread its warmth and its spicy kick. And ginger has some health benefits; it relieves indigestion and nausea, has anti-inflammatory properties, and is believed to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure. It also lowers the risk of heart disease and is believed to have cancer-fighting properties.

Gingerbread House Day FAQs 

How Long Will A Gingerbread House Last?

Depending on maintenance, storage, and how it’s displayed, it can last from a few days to an entire year.

What Do You Need for a Gingerbread House?

You need gingerbread,, royal icing, a piping bag, and assorted candy, pretzels, or other edible decorations to use on the house.

Can you eat a gingerbread house?

A traditional gingerbread house is completely edible. It may lose its freshness if stored for several days or weeks.

How Do You Store a Gingerbread House?

Store the gingerbread house in a cool, dry place, preferably in an airtight container. Avoid direct sunlight and moisture to prevent the gingerbread from softening and the decorations from melting.

What Are Some Creative Decorating Ideas for Gingerbread Houses?

Beyond traditional candy, consider using shredded coconut for snow, pretzel sticks for logs or fences, and cereal pieces for roof tiles. You can also use food coloring in the icing for different effects.

Is Gingerbread House-Making Kid-Friendly?

Yes, it’s a fun activity for children. Ensure that young kids are supervised, especially when using small decorations or kitchen tools.

Can Gingerbread Houses be Made in Different Styles?

Absolutely! You can design traditional cottages, modern structures, or even recreate famous buildings. The only limit is your imagination.

Are There Any Allergen-Free Options for Gingerbread Houses?

Yes, there are recipes for gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free gingerbread. Be sure to check the ingredients of your decorations as well.

How Can I Make My Gingerbread House Stand Out?

Experiment with lighting, like placing small LED lights inside, or using edible glitter for a sparkling effect. Unique themes, like winter wonderlands or fairy tales, can also be eye-catching.

What’s the Best Way to Assemble a Gingerbread House?

Start by ensuring all pieces fit together. Use royal icing as a ‘glue,’ and give it time to dry before decorating. It helps to construct the house a day before decorating to ensure stability.

Can Gingerbread Houses be Eco-Friendly?

Yes, use natural dyes for coloring and opt for organic ingredients. Also, consider edible decorations that are biodegradable


Whether you’re a kid at heart or want to create a holiday masterpiece, gingerbread houses are a fun and easy project. And, when you make one – send us a picture, we love to see what you made!


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