Gingerbread Traditions


Some friends had a gingerbread house decorating party with boatloads of candy right before Christmas, which we attended with some of our local neighbors.  

Chinese families are very eager for their children to be exposed to English speakers whenever possible, and we of course are happy for our kids to be around Chinese speakers. 

Everyone benefits, and cross cultural exchanges take place on many levels. 

A 14 year old girl was at the party as well, and she told me that she normally goes to school from 7 am until 8 pm, then studies till midnite.  Up again at 6 am, and at it again, 6 days a week.  She has off on Sundays, but is usually in tutoring for English or music or other special lessons for part of the day.  She had very short cropped hair, and told me the school made her cut her long hair, because it was their policy that everyone had to have short hair to go there.  Amazing! 

A story was read and lots of sugar was eaten…

Listening to the Gingerbread Man story being read




2 responses »

  1. I love gingerbread traditons.

    I’ve lived all over the world (States, Japan, New Zealand), and no matter where I’ve lived, a box of gingerbread men has always shown up at my door, sent by family.

    This was the first year that didn’t happen, due to the death of my uncle.

    So we made the gingerbread ourselves this year. The tradition lives!

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