Gingerbread House Building Event
As Christmas is right around the corner and since my Internship at SUiTO FUKUOKA is nearing its end, I thought it would be nice to have a befitting Theme for my Graduation Event. As Christmas is very popular in germany, we have lots of traditions surrounding the festivities. One of these tradition, which is enjoyed by people young and old, is the creating of gingerbread houses. They are created by assembling parts made from gingerbread. Gingerbread is a type of cake containing different spices and is very popular in germany around the Christmas time. After it is assembled from the parts, it is usually decorated with all sorts of candy and sweets and can be eaten after or at Christmas with the whole family.
For the Gingerbread House Event at SUiTO FUKUOKA the parts of the house were prepared in advance by making a basic gingerbread dough and cutting it into the pieces of a house with a template that was printed out earlier. The parts were assembled using sugar-icing as glue. The same icing was also used to apply the decorations to the house. The decorations consisted of various candy and cookies.
For the event, we welcomed six groups of guests, who came either by themselves or with children to make a gingerbread house together. I started by introducing myself, regarding my background, as well as my hometown, Hamburg in Germany. After that, I explained the process of making gingerbread and how the parts would have to be assembled later.
After that we started building. Everyone build fantastic houses. The construction was quite sturdy and even stable enough to be transported home. For decoration we had crackers, hard candy, gummy bears, chocolate and others, so the guests could be as creative as they wanted to. The children also enjoyed decorating the house and came up with very creative ideas to make doors, windows and designing the roof. We had more than enough decorations, so that the little experts could have a small taste-test to make sure everything was in order.
In the end, we decorated some of the houses with powdered sugar to give them a snowy look. We then proceeded to drink some german tea which is typical for the season, as well as breaking and eating the exemplary house I made to show the steps. We also had some cookies and had a lot of fun talking about different Christmas customs from all over the world and even learned some French and german.
All in all I really enjoyed the event and it think the guests did as well. It was very fun to bring a tradition here so others can experience it for the first time. The children and the grown-up guests did a great job. All the houses looked very beautiful!
On that note, I would like to thank SUiTO FUKUOKA for the opportunity to prepare and make such an event. I had a great time and wish everyone happy holidays!