Tis the season for Gingerbread Crochet. Another beautiful creation by Valerie Fuller. Gingerbread boys and girls with gumdrops grace this crochet doily. What a beautiful addition to your Christmas decor.
Top off this great creation with a sweet gingerbread house
How about trying your skills with these Gingerbread Crochet beanies. Great crochet pattens with wonderful accents in the holiday colors.
I’m a little bit of a “google geek”. Always curious about how some traditions get started. So I did just that, thank you google and Meryle Evans research. I just want to share it with you.
The History of Gingerbread Men
Gingerbread men have long been a part of European and American culinary traditions.
By Meryle Evans
Remember the fairy tale about the man-shaped gingerbread cookie that sprang from the oven and ran off to elude a trail of hungry captors before he was eventually devoured by a wily fox? The story, first published in America in 1875 in a children’s magazine called St. Nicholas, has become a classic.
The notion of edible animal and human figurines goes back to ancient celebrations in which they were used as substitutes for live sacrifices. More recently, on All Hallows’ Eve, English village maidens would eat a gingerbread “husband” to ensure that they would find a real mate. In Hungary and Yugoslavia, decorated gingerbread dolls were exchanged as love tokens, inscribed with romantic sentiments or inlaid with tiny mirrors to symbolize a boy and girl gazing at one another for eternity.