Mindful Holiday Traditions: Tara’s Gingerbread Garland

From the Christmas folder, © Tara St James Aunt Dora in front of the Gingerbread Garland, © Tara St James From the Christmas folder, © Tara St James

By Staff | Living
Posted Dec 22, 2016

This season, in addition to our Magnifeco Holiday Gift Guide, we want to share more mindful ways to celebrate the holidays and asked some of our favorite people for their holiday traditions. Today, Tara St. James of Study NY shares her Gingerbread Garland.

My mom made gingerbread cookies every December for our family Christmas party, my brother and I would help decorate them. Instead of putting them out on a plate, we would wrap them in saran wrap side by side, and tie two little ribbon bows between each one. It would hang as a decorative garland along the hallway so everyone saw it as they came in the door. As family members left the party we would cut one cookie off the chain and hand them out, pre-wrapped. It made a nice end to the evening and a great activity to say goodbye as people left.


  • 1/2 cup of shortening
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of Molasses
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 3/4 tsp. of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. allspice


  1. Cream shortening and sugar
  2. In a separate bowl, blend remaining ingredients and add to the shortening/sugar.
  3. Chill for 2-3 hours
  4. Roll out and cut
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven
  7. Let cool
  8. Decorate
  9. Lay down the ribbon and place gingerbread cookies with 2-3 inches space between them on the ribbon, wrap each cookie in plastic wrap and hang garland.

About Tara

Tara St James is the Montreal-born, Brooklyn-based founder and creative director of Study NY, the ethical contemporary womenswear made in New York City and beyond. In 2011 Study NY was awarded the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Grant for sustainable design. In 2013 St James’s Anti-[fashion]-Calendar was named one of Sustainia100 Solutions for Sustainability–a global initiative spearheaded by Arnold Schwarznegger to promote innovative global solutions across all industries. In 2014 Study was awarded runner up in the CFDA / Lexus Eco Fashion Challenge. Tara thrives on challenging her own preconceptions about design. Though vocal about her choice to use sustainable and ethical design principles for her label, Tara wants to be judged the same way all designers are judged, ostensibly for her design.

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