Gingerbread Legacy

IMG_3545It didn’t start out as a Christian tradition—I guess IMG_3544traditions never do. It was only a day of baking and decorating Gingerbread Men cookies with my toddler. That was almost 25 years ago.

What began as something fun and tasty, became one of our family’s most anticipated Christmas traditions.

IMG_3543Today we continue to mix the dough, roll it out, and firmly press the cookie cutter into the dough to create the cutest little cookie. Then, using a pin, we push a tiny hole at the top of his head. After he is baked, we insert an ornament hanger into the hole and hang him on the tree. Not just one—dozens!

IMG_3486With a hundred or so store bought and children’s homemade ornaments, we needed a separate tree to house all the Gingerbread Men. This tree, fondly known as the Cookie Tree, stands in the kitchen.

Gingerbread men make yummy treats for cookie swaps, table decorations, and gifts too.


What’s your favorite memory? Tradition? Perhaps you can start a new one today. You never know…your tradition may become your legacy.

Now I bake Gingerbread Men Cookies with my granddaughter.

Now I bake Gingerbread Men Cookies with my granddaughter.

Gingerbread Men Recipe

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4 Responses to Gingerbread Legacy

  1. Jill Pruett says:

    That’s such a nice tradition, Debbie! Thank you for sharing it and the recipe! Love ya!

  2. Thanks for reading, Jill! Always love your encouragement…and sweet you!!

  3. Suzanne says:

    Merry Christmas to you and all your family!! Loved the story. Love you all


  4. Thanks for reading, Suzanne! Glad you enjoyed my post. Love and miss you too! 🙂

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