By Cheryl Simone

WASHINGTON — A new, free exhibit hosted by the White House Historical Association explores the tradition of gingerbread at the White House dating back to the Nixon administration.

Officials say the “White House Gingerbread: Holiday Traditions” exhibit celebrates former White House Pasty Chef Roland’s Mesnier’s new publication “The White House in Gingerbread: Memories and Recipes.”

The exhibit, located at the Historic Decatur House, also features the largest gingerbread White House ever designed by the chef and White House holiday inspired décor designed by HGTV design star Genevieve Gorder, host of the annual HGTV White House Christmas Tour.

This gingerbread White House from 1993, built to scale for the Clintons, was titled The House of Socks. It featured twenty-two marzipan sculptures of the first family’s famous cat. (Credit:  White House Historical Association)

This gingerbread White House from 1993, built to scale for the Clintons, was titled The House of Socks. It featured twenty-two marzipan sculptures of the first family’s famous cat. (Credit: White House Historical Association)

“Visitors to the exhibit will find ideas to incorporate into their own holiday celebrations, and also see examples of marzipan figures and sugar sculpture created by Chef Mesnier,” a press release states.

Marzipan presidential pets. (Credit:  White House Historical Association)

Marzipan presidential pets. (Credit: White House Historical Association)

Marzipan figures. (Credit:  White House Historical Association)

Marzipan figures. (Credit: White House Historical Association)

Also on view will be a fresh Red Room cranberry tree, handcrafted by Jennie Lewis, Former White House Floral Designer.

The cranberry tree has been a favorite holiday tradition at the White House since 1975. Today, the cranberry tree continues to inspire arrangements created for the Red Room. (Credit:  White House Historical Association)

The cranberry tree has been a favorite holiday tradition at the White House since 1975. Today, the cranberry tree continues to inspire arrangements created for the Red Room. (Credit: White House Historical Association)

The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Dec. 22. However, it will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Nov. 26 through Nov. 28.

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