Delicious church

December is a time of magical snowflakes, soft candlelight, sweet songs and even sweeter gingerbread…

The Swedes love gingerbread, but not gingerbread men with their eyes of icing sugar. No, they put together simple or elaborate houses made of gingerbread, stuck together with burnt sugar and topped with hard white icing. After New Year, they hold parties where they dance around the tree to say good-bye to it and then they break the gingerbread houses made so lovingly – and eat them.

We have a new bakery in town – with the most delightful display in the window. Our old church (nearly 1,000 years old in fact) has been immortalized in gingerbread and icing sugar!

What I love about this picture is that you can see the reflection of the actual physical church in the window.

I wish you all a delightfully sweet Christmas!

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47 responses

  1. Eve

    What a fun tradition! We make gingerbread houses here too, but ours usually are covered in colorful candies and created to look more like a cottage. ;) That is a beautiful gingerbread structure!!

    December 21, 2009 at 22:16

  2. A beautiful capture! And I love the tradition! What a beautiful gingerbread church this is and I do love being able to see the reflection of the real church! I would also love a big chunk of it when the holiday are over!!

    Wishing you a joyful Christmas and a very Happy New Year, Lady Fi!

    Sylvia

    December 21, 2009 at 22:33

  3. oh wow, I think I’ll have to convince my mum and sister to build a gingerbread house with me on Wednesday! Or, um, I will sample the sweets and look while they build it!

    December 21, 2009 at 22:53

  4. Fun tradition – dancing around the tree to say goodbye, then eating your creation!

    December 21, 2009 at 22:57

  5. Looks sweet! ;) I haven’t made a gingerbread house since my kids were little. Maybe when there’s grandchildren. :)

    December 21, 2009 at 23:17

  6. Po

    Wow! Food seems really important in Sweden, and eating seems really important here in the UK :)

    December 21, 2009 at 23:25

  7. Japp, jag älskar pepparkakshus, dock inte att äta utan att göra och att titta på. De sprider en hääärlig doft också. Familjens är på plats nu, blev klart för tre timmar sedan. Bara hoppas att kissen låter det vara. Han gillar peppisar nämligen ;-). God Jul!

    December 21, 2009 at 23:31

  8. Merry Christmas! So sweet.

    December 21, 2009 at 23:54

  9. I’m sure it would be delicious, but it’s just too pretty to eat.
    Merry Christmas to you!

    December 21, 2009 at 23:57

  10. What a great picture, with that reflection! I guess the more gingerbread “ages” the better it tastes….. :)
    Merry Christmas!

    December 22, 2009 at 00:09

  11. It does look delicious.

    December 22, 2009 at 00:14

  12. Lady Fi: Cute photos, we are going to make our gingerbread house tomorrow.

    December 22, 2009 at 00:25

  13. That is amazing. It looks like a real church with a snowy roof! Beautiful capture. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    December 22, 2009 at 00:53

  14. Beautiful traditions. The prepration of church using gingerbread is lovely.

    December 22, 2009 at 01:03

  15. Great tradition, It looks beautiful.
    Wish you too A Merry Christmas!

    December 22, 2009 at 01:31

  16. I love the reflection of the old church with the gingerbread church. How cool is that!

    December 22, 2009 at 01:48

  17. How wonderful! I can’t believe that reflection. Wow.

    Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful Christmas.

    December 22, 2009 at 03:03

  18. I love that eating the gingerbread tradition! Great photo.

    December 22, 2009 at 03:20

  19. Kelli

    This is awesome!! What a yummy tribute to the church!

    December 22, 2009 at 04:43

  20. I love the dancing around the tree, as they do in Denmark, but my American kids refuse, plus I no longer have Danish relatives close by to help keep the tradition.

    December 22, 2009 at 05:10

  21. Amy

    Oh my that’s a lot of icing- but amazing, I have been held back from even attempting a gingerbread house (even though they have kits these days) because I think it looks difficult…can’t imagine making a church!! Cool!!

    December 22, 2009 at 06:51

  22. brilliant capture of the yummy cheerful season!

    December 22, 2009 at 07:02

  23. Oh I want a gingerbread house now. That is so cute.

    December 22, 2009 at 07:15

  24. Oh this is very well done gingerbread house. Very exact and good proportions. There is also surprisingly lot of “snow” and it looks so full. I couldn´t criticize any part of it even if i had to. A real Michelangelo of gingerbreadhouses at work.

    December 22, 2009 at 08:30

  25. That burnt sugar thing? Not easy!

    December 22, 2009 at 08:31

  26. Can’t you put this in a giant freezer and save it for next year? Seems a pity to eat all that work. On the other hand, preparing an intricate gingerbread display is a part of the holidays.

    Happy Holidays!

    December 22, 2009 at 08:33

  27. Gingerbread house always look too pretty to be eaten. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    December 22, 2009 at 08:35

  28. Beautiful picture, and wonderful tradition.
    Merry Christmas, Fi.

    December 22, 2009 at 08:39

  29. Funny traditions on your place :-)
    Interesting to read.

    I wish you and your family
    Merry Christmas and a happy 2010
    Thanks for being our blogfriends !!

    December 22, 2009 at 08:39

  30. Beautiful picture, and wonderful tradition.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    December 22, 2009 at 08:49

  31. Ginger bread or cookies are also a typical German Christmas speciality.
    Thanks for your comment on the Brussels’ Christmas market, it was the last day before the whole country broke down in snow ! All public transports out of work, people stuck for hours on the streets and children who had to spend the night at school ! No thank you I prefer to live without snow, lol !
    We also have up to – 15°C which is quite unusual for Belgium.

    December 22, 2009 at 10:25

  32. Nice photo of the gingerbread house. Too bad it will be eaten…

    December 22, 2009 at 14:16

  33. My wife loves gingerbread…I kinda like it myself, truth be told. Our experience, is however, limited to the GM variety. Nice to learn about a new (Old actually, new to us) tradition. The church sure does look yummy.

    Best Regards, Galen.

    December 22, 2009 at 14:50

  34. Clive

    Lovely to read about Christmas traditions. Ikea here in Dublin are selling DIY gingerbread houses which we bought and made but I can you, it looked nothing like that wonderful creation in your local bakery!

    December 22, 2009 at 15:52

  35. J

    That has to be one of the best Christmas customs ever. It would even tempt me to visit Sweden…I feel that ‘eating a gingerbread house’ might go on my ‘to do’ list.

    December 22, 2009 at 16:27

  36. What a wonderful thing to do!!! I would love to take part in something like that!!

    C x

    December 22, 2009 at 22:43

  37. What a very SWEET tradition, this is something this Ozarks farm chick could sink her chompers into. Great pic!

    Have a very Merry Christmas, ya’ll!!!

    December 23, 2009 at 00:57

  38. That definitely makes that photo all the more endearing! Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season!!! :)

    December 23, 2009 at 01:51

  39. I love gingerbread buildings … though they are so hard to pull off in real life. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday!

    December 23, 2009 at 02:14

  40. Well I tell ya Lady Fi..I am lost, I cannot for the life of me see the reflection of the church in the window. Maybe my eyes are getting worse..anyway,..dancing and eating..that sounds like fun to me:)

    December 23, 2009 at 04:25

  41. Jeanie

    I had a hard time finding the reflection, but what a lovely tradition and what artistry with gingerbread, Your pictures are really lovely.

    December 23, 2009 at 04:42

  42. Shame to eat it as it’s so pretty!

    December 23, 2009 at 17:11

  43. Blu

    I love the idea of dancing around the Christmas Tree! I ate two sweet almond cakes this afternoon, I need to do some dancing now!

    December 23, 2009 at 18:20

  44. Vad duktig du är! God jul!

    December 24, 2009 at 05:04

  45. This gingerbread church is so much more restrained and elegant than the candy-covered houses we make here. It makes me want to build a house next year and decorate it in my own way…. Thanks so much!

    December 26, 2009 at 21:25

  46. What a wonderful tradition! Thanks for sharing.

    December 26, 2009 at 23:13

  47. Wow, that is simply amazing!

    December 29, 2009 at 05:36

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