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post #1 of 20
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Chris' mother has had a gingerbread house for many many years and she brings it out every christmas. I do understand that they are meant to be eaten but this was just the way she did it.

Anyway Chris mentioned to me a couple of weeks back that he would like to start this tradition as well - so I went on a mission to find a perfect one to surprise him with (hard enough finding one let alone a perfect one I can tell ya)

here is what I found





just wondering if anyone else has a gingerbread house at christmas?
post #2 of 20
That looks yummy!
Chris' mom is like my mom, except that mine preserves edam cheese! She says the red wax and the refrigerator can keep the cheese good for years!
post #3 of 20
Wow... I've never seen anything that looks so good and so sickly all at the same time - apart form maybe a six-foot sundae!! I've never actually seen a proper gingerbread house before - this is a first! We don't have a tradition like that any more... not as a family anyway, but I'm starting a Danish tradition for the three of us when we move - something that we can all do together. The Danes - at least, the family that I'm now part of - like to get together and make Christmas decorations... and they've got a word for close family gatherings - hygge. It doesn't translate into English at all... but it's supposed to convey the warm, fuzzy feeling of being relaxed with one's family. Think of a group of people in a small room together around a fire, candles and wine and nibbly food and gentle music and laughter - you're pretty much there. We'll be making ginger cookies to decorate and hang on the tree. It's a good bonding exercise! I love that the family are so close - and with the three kiddies to keep entertained, (my son, and our two nieces (4, 20months, and 3months respectively) it's nice when we can all get together - there are a lot of us.
post #4 of 20
WOW!!!!! That is gorgeous Danielle!!! It looks too good to eat anyway... but I bet it would taste yummy!!!

Where did you buy it from???
post #5 of 20
That's great, Danielle! Chris will love it!
post #6 of 20
Aww Danielle its lovely! Are you going to eat it?
post #7 of 20
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yayi - edam cheese? hehe thats great!!!

Emma - that sounds great!! it will be so good for you to start your own traditions when you get to Denmark - it will be so special for you

Sonja - I bought it from a person my mother knows who makes them - she sells them at markets and at a few bakeries around our way - she does about 5 different sizes and they are so amazing - the photos just dont do it justice

Thankyou Stephanie - yes Chris loved it!! He was so excited

no Susan the plan is not to eat it - Chris wanted something that could be brought out each year - a sort of tradition I guess like his mother does. I do not however know how I am going to store it after christmas - but apparently since its covered in that plastic type film it will last 'forever'
post #8 of 20
I was going to bags the front door!
post #9 of 20
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post #10 of 20
Aw that's cute! I wanted to make a Gingerbread house this year... then I thought about it and realized I wouldn't eat it because I'm not a big graham cracker fan.

I made one in 4th grade (12 years ago?) but that one wasn't saved - could you imagne what it would look like it if were?!
post #11 of 20
Gee...Thats one talented lady!!! It looks marvellous!!!
post #12 of 20
hehe Pink daisy !

I remember in london our teacher made 3 of those houses then she set up in groups and we got to decorate it!, we were only 5 but it was fun doing it!
I want to start my own tradition like baking cookies and cakes for christmas.
I am doing it now for friends and giving a pile to my parents.
And a pile to my bfs side of the family lol.
I hope they like it
although its not a ginger house
post #13 of 20
Aw that's cute of you - to start a tradition to make cookies and give them to friends and family! I'm sure they'll love it! And I love starting traditions... it's fun!

I made Christmas tree-shaped sugar cookies last holiday season, might try to find the recipe to do it again. It was fun, I decorated them with red and green icing!
post #14 of 20
My niece has been doing some special Christmas baking the past few years. Starting a tradition now that her kids are old enough. A couple of years ago she made a gingerbread house, but we ate it!! She also made a chocolate house one year. It got eaten, too. BTW, calories consumed at Christmas don't count.

I made a graham cracker house back in 1988. It was for the Lapidary society's Christmas party and sat on a sheet cake. Looked pretty good, if I say so myself.
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by gemlady
My niece has been doing some special Christmas baking the past few years. Starting a tradition now that her kids are old enough. A couple of years ago she made a gingerbread house, but we ate it!! She also made a chocolate house one year. It got eaten, too. BTW, calories consumed at Christmas don't count.

I made a graham cracker house back in 1988. It was for the Lapidary society's Christmas party and sat on a sheet cake. Looked pretty good, if I say so myself.
I can only assume this was ALL before Jasper T. Wildcat!
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by Yosemite
I can only assume this was ALL before Jasper T. Wildcat!
post #17 of 20
What a beautiful gingerbread house! Looks yummy!

I don't now, but back in grade school they made some of us do it. I'm Jewish so...
post #18 of 20
Danielle,

My sister is the Gingerbread House maker in my family. She makes one for herself every year. One year she made one for the rest of the family. They were so cute. I don't know what I was thinking but I just left it sitting on the counter. One day I came home and all the icing snow had been licked off the roof They also nibbled on other parts of the house
post #19 of 20
Oh Dan that looks delish!

We made Gbread houses a couple of years ago at school... mm they were heaven!
post #20 of 20
that is so cute
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