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French Gingerbread Men for St. Nicholas Day!
Submitted by Pam on Wed, 12/07/2011 - 02:45
To celebrate St. Nicholas Day, I made gingerbread men!
But not just any gingerbread men!
Last year, Fanie received a very cool surprise - she unexpectedly got to spend part of the Christmas holiday season in Paris and Carcasonne. As she was strolling with a friend through the Marché du Noël, she spotted a window filled with gingerbread men and took a picture just for me! You can read the story of her adventure and see her beautiful pictures right here!
I decided right there and then that every St. Nicholas Day, I am going to celebrate by making gingerbread men that look like those Fanie found in Paris.
I created a cardboard pattern as close as possible to the shape of the gingerbread in the window. And I used Erin's delicious gingerbread recipe that she shared last year in the Cookie Swap.
Notice the gingerbread men are decorated using pink, yellow, blue, purple frosting. Decidedly "un-Christmassy" colors by American standards to be sure. But wanting mine to be a close as possible to the real thing I chose pink. Isn't this fun? Gingerbread men with bright blue eyes?
And looky! I frosted hearts! My very first frosted holiday cookies! Thanks to a few tricks I learned from my friend and crazy cookie maker, Meg over at MegaCrafty I got over my fear and just got on with it!
Christmas Time in Paris by nunocalvin
The next few days, I am going to be joined by friends who are sharing holiday customs and celebrations in Japan, Estonia, Poland and Italy. And later this month we will be viewing beautiful Nativities from Portugal, Spain, Italy and France. And we will be spending Yule in Iceland!
I am hoping over the next couple weeks or so to simply create a little corner of the blogiverse where you can sit down with a cup of something yummy, munch a cookie and enjoy a bit of holiday spirit.
Happy St. Nicholas Day.