The New Gingerbread Man


"Nothing says lovin' like something from the oven. Remember that phrase? Holiday 2010 is all about memories, and making special gifts with appreciation for the recipient. And nothing brings back memories at Christmas like the Gingerbread Man (now complete with an entire family). From enjoying the cinnamon aroma while baking, to decorating each one with care and arranging them just so on the plate, these cookies bring love and joy to the baker as well as the cookie eater.

Recipes have been passed down from generation to generation, grandparents to great grandchildren, neighbors to neighbors and now even to strangers on Facebook.

In 2010, look for the new Gingerbread Man cookie to be wrapped with precision, tradition and preservation. These beautiful golden brown cookies, with hints of red, look great on your table, as a snack or as a centerpiece. When grouped together, it makes a simple, yet elegant Holiday statement, evoking the memory of our first Gingerbread Man cookie. He makes us smile. He makes us laugh. And he makes for wonderful storytelling with our children and our childrens children.

Try making a long-lasting Gingerbread Family and share a wonderful tradition with your entire family. Here are some fun and simple ideas for your Gingerbread Man.

1. Use as a name/place card on your holiday table.

2. Use as an unusual name tag for perfectly wrapped presents.

3. Quick holiday tree decorations. (Make one for each of your family members.)

4. An awesome (when personalized) gift for a teacher, hair or nail stylist, your favorite checkout person, etc. Make a whole community to give and share.

5. Decorate an evergreen wreath with a family of Gingerbread persons representing your family. Hang on your front door.

6. Create a special plate with your children's names on each Gingerbread person. This can become his/her Cookies for Santa plate. A true keepsake for many years to come.

7. Doing a gift exchange? Personalize for the intended person. You will be the envy of your friends.

8. Decorate the outside of a woven basket, and fill with real cookies. Display on your kitchen counter, sit back and enjoy!

For easy Gingerbread men, try these holiday pre-cuts. Post courtesy of Delphi Merchandise Specialist and Trend Forecaster John Kershek. The Gingerbread projects featured were created by Delphi Artist Julie Haan.

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Meet John Kershek –Trend Forecaster John has spent many years of his career in the fashion and trend industries. He has created numerous products that have combined the most up-to-date looks with functionality. John has been a global traveler and has searched many countries and cities for the next new color or emerging new lifestyle trend. In one article, John was noted for his “sensible taste, his acute color awareness and practical approach to fashion.” Throughout his career, John has championed new products that have become instant best sellers. “I always want to show how an average person can change up his or her environment by adding dashes of color, a new pattern or a quick twist of everyday objects. I believe global fashions or trends are instant to all people, regardless of where they live. Each of us can see new colors or trends in many different ways. I enjoy showcasing fresh ideas or concepts and watch as YOU make them relative to your own space,” said John. John will be explaining how colors and trends ebb and flow in our daily lives. He will teach us how a “creative eye” can jump start a new fresh approach in our personal spaces. Look for various articles in the future from the “TREND FORECASTER."