God can be found everywhere and in everything. Using Scripture and the Gingerbread House, I’m going to show you how you can find Christian symbolism by looking at my gingerbread house.
As you can see, everything is edible. I was tempted to eat some of the candy as I was constructing my house, but I didn’t. I also had to exercise patience while constructing the house. At times, I had to hold each piece together waiting on the icing to set. I was impatient, but the Lord helped me be patient. I took my time with each part, and I did my best work. My bible tells me:
We used SEVEN graham crackers. God introduced the number SEVEN as a symbol of completion of His initial creative act. It is a number which represents perfection, obedience, and rest. My bible tells me:
Each graham cracker is divided into TWO smaller crackers. Just like SEVEN has significant meaning in the Bible, so does the number TWO. God’s word is represented by the number TWO. For example, the Bible is divided into TWO sections: The Old and New Testaments; Noah gathered TWO of every living creature to board the Ark. My bible also tells me:
There is only one DOOR, just as there is only one way to Heaven.
There is a DOOR KNOB as to appear as if we could open the door.
There is a trinity SNOWMAN.
There are THREE Windows to remind me that God is Omnipotent (all powerful), Omniscience (all knowing), and Omnipresent (always present). Just as if looking through a window, God knows everything about us. My bible tells me:
The bottom part of our house is like a BOX for a Gift. I am reminded of God’s gift to me:
The ROOF is shaped like a triangle, reminding me of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It also reminds me of the process of life: Birth, Life, and Death. I am fearfully and wonderfully made with my Spirit, Soul, and Body. The ROOF being 3-sided also reminds me that the Jesus resurrected on the 3rd day. My bible tells me:
The CANDY CANES on the roof are symbolic too! The stripes that are red are like the blood shed for me. The white stripes are for the Savior who is sinless and pure. And also, my bible tells me:
There is a gum drop for the CHIMNEY. When a CHIMNEY is working, it is the one way for smoke to bellow out. It makes me think of the sin and ugliness (unrighteousness) leaving us when we accept Jesus as our savior and daily ask Him for the forgiveness of our sins. My bible tells me:
though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…”
Now my house is complete. As I look over every detail, I am reminded how God is my refuge. He will provide all that I need: food, water, shelter, and rest. I am also reminded of the place the Lord is preparing for me!
Ingredients for each house:
7 graham cracker halves (each cracker should have 2 smaller crackers)
*1 box of crackers should make about 6-7 houses
4 miniature candy canes
1 Red (durable) plate
1 chocolate morsel
1 gum drop
Assorted seasonal candy, cookies, etc:
I used the following:
*snowmen cupcake candy
*miniature tree cookies
*M & M's
*Zip lock bag filled with icing
**when you cut the hole in the bag's corner, cut it as small as possible
**I used sandwich bags, but next time I will use larger bags because some of them opened as the
kids were squeezing out icing!
Ingredients and Directions for the Icing:
**room temp can be as easy as placing eggs in a bowl of WARM water for 5 minutes
|STEP TWO |
Make your roof and add candy canes
Turn over and repeat
Build the base of your house
Add the roof and gum drop chimney
After waiting about 30 minutes to allow your icing to set,
add some icing to your roof &
decorate your windows
(Outline the entire house in icing and let dry)