Last week Delaware Valley University held its annual winter holiday event, Ginger Bread House Decorating. It was held at the delval market right on campus. There is nothing like building a Ginger Bread House to help somebody get in the holiday spirit, and that’s exactly what happened this past Saturday. This event was open to anyone and everyone, and there was a good turnout.
Gingerbread has been around since early A.D. But crafting gingerbread into gingerbread men, and gingerbread houses is more of a recent tradition that started in Germany. Many food historians have a good idea that the gingerbread house began in Germany in the early 1800’s after the Grimm Brothers published a collection of their fairy tale books. The one fairy tale that made the houses extremely popular is the fairy tale that we all have heard of Hansel and Gretel.
Delaware Valley has been carrying this tradition for years. It was a great time for kids and families and this year we had a really good turnout. The cost was $29.99 to create a house, which Delval supplied all the indigence, and then whoever made a house got to take it home with them. If you didn’t get a chance to go this year mark it down on your calendar for next year, a ginger bread house is something that can last a life time so it is more than worth it to take time out of your day and create one. And where else better to make one than at the Delaware Valley Market.