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By Betty Vanderwielen

No Shortage in Gingerbread Housing


Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

This replica of the Cheapstow Mansion was part of the 2014 Newport Mansions Gingerbread Competition. The Cheapstow entry was created by Elci Pimental, of Dream Cakes by Elci in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

SEELEY LAKE – One of the popular activities leading up to Christmas is the making of gingerbread houses. A Google search for "images of gingerbread houses" pulls up a wide variety of confectionary structures from humble six-graham-cracker buildings, to miniature replicas of the White House (a tradition started by Pat Nixon and escalating from there), to life-size structures with people walking around inside them. But where did gingerbread houses originally come from and why did they become associated with Christmas?

Gingerbread has a long history. Legend has it that a baker on the Isle of...

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