The 19th century bakers were probably inspired by the Grimms stories of Hansel and Gretel when implementing the gingerbread house into the christmas celebrations. Well, at least that's what rumors says. When implementing gingerbread houses into my life, I was inspired by my grandma and my cousins who every year prepare a small christmas world for us to enjoy. Made all out of sugar one year, wood the next. But my favorite is the gingerbread version, so I'm sticking to that one. As a kid the house-building process seemed to advance to me but later on it became an important part of our christmas preparations. It doesn't feel like christmas if I ain't got a gingerbread house. Edible architecture is a combination for my liking. The challenge and the fun part is to make it ALL edible. Hide the glue gun!
This year we're starting a new tradition at our place (I'm certain it will be my new favorite). We're inviting our closest family to decorate gingerbread houses with us. We're going to create masterpieces with icing, candy and magic, in true holiday-spirit. The invitations have been sent out and the only thing left for me is to bake a dozen gingerbread houses for them to decorate ... ouuh... guess I sort of ignored that fact when planning this. MERRY CHRISTMAS PREP-TIME TO U ALL!