“The Gingerbread Man” is a classical folk tale story. It narrates how a childless old woman bakes a gingerbread boy, who manages to escape because he does not want to be eaten. The Gingerbread Boy appears for the first time in the May 1875 issue of St. Nicholas Magazine in a collective tale. Nowadays it is a widely-used tale for children in kindergarten.
A gingerbread man is also a cookie, commonly presented at Christmas. The traditional gingerbread man may look plain, dressed with chunks of sugar or icing, or with candies forming his major features. Many holiday decorations incorporate the gingerbread man. Gingerbread women are also made, although the gingerbread man is far more common. In some European countries it appears as an ever-present decoration for Christmas trees.
Have you seen “Shrek“?