Christmas Baking (Part One of Three): Gingerbread

Gingerbread is one of those things that people either love or hate.  Its fans say that it’s the whimsical shapes and the sweet spiciness keep them coming back for more, but its detractors claim not to see the whole point of it.  It was one of the first things I ever learned how to bake and baking gingerbread has become something of a tradition at our house whenever December rolls around.