The history of gingerbread dates back to the 900's A.D. in Europe. It's believed a monk from Armenia went to France to teach priests there how to make the treat. With it's soothing medicinal effects for stomach ailments the treat quickly spread throughout Europe. Gingerbread was so prized in Germany it could only be made in Guilds.
For centuries the gingerbread was cut into shapes. Everything from animals to people were created to the delight of many. Requests for the treat to be cut into favorite pets were granted by the guild. Eventually the cookies were allowed to be made by the citizens and gingerbread cookies of every kind were created.
It wasn't until the 1800's that houses were formed. It is believed they were created based on the Grimm fairy tale Hanzel and Gretel. No matter how you like your gingerbread there is a design for everyone. Happy baking!