Like most Christmas traditions, gingerbread houses make us think of Christmas and sitting around the kitchen table with the kids creating these great works of art. According to Wilton, a popular confectionery-making company, over two million gingerbread house kits are sold each year. 

For you more DIY-inclined, domestic gurus you can find books and recipe sites offering up recipes and plans for making your own sugary domicile. However, did you know this holiday tradition is possibly rooted in the folktale Hansel and Gretel.

Gingerbread houses date back to the 1600s, a few centuries after the emergence of gingerbread itself, writes food historian Tori Avey. The tale of Hansel and Gretel may be even date older than that time period. 

You are invited to share your talents in the Christmas tradition of constructing a Gingerbread House for the holidays. Join the OSU Extension Center, 4-H and Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) members for the Gingerbread House Contest and Display.  

Cost to participate is $3 and/or two non-perishable food items. Deadline to enter is December 11 and Categories are for ages:  Children: 2 to 11 years; Teen: 12 to 19 years, Adult: 20 years and up.  There is also a Team/Family/Business Division.  Entries can be original or made from a kit and must be 90% edible on the exterior.  Entry form and guidelines are available at the Logan County OCES website: http://oces.okstate.edu/logan/county-contests-events

Bring your completed Gingerbread House on December 11 to the OSU Extension Center at 215 Fairground Road, Suite B in Guthrie.

Gingerbread house will be judged on December 13 at the OSU Extension Center. Winning first and second place entries per category will be displayed downtown during the Guthrie Christmas Celebration. 

For more information on this or other similar topics, please call Cynthia Klumpp at the Logan County OSU Extension Center, 405-282-3331

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