Gingerbread for Hanukkah: DeLight or Diminish?

Last week, five different people wrote me asking if making a gingerbread Hanukkah house might be a welcoming compromise for intermarried families and for those experiencing “Christmas envy.”

Some people even sent me links to articles about the Manischewitz Do-It-Yourself Chanukah House Vanilla Cookie Decorating Kit, whose comment section in Amazon is rife with complaints about the cookies crumbling in transit; an orthodox website with parve gingerbread dreydels; and my personal favorite, Dawn Ogden’s YouTube video on how to make a gingerbread menorah. [Read more…]