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Gingerbread House

Posted on December 6, 2015

A girl and the house she built.

A local girl and the house she built.

Yesterday, I hopped aboard the crazy train with my mother and a friend of mine and we decided to run all over town and do as much as we could of the many wonderful things that happen here in Berlin, during the Christmas season. When we looked for a forever home, we wanted a place that was quite small, farm friendly, family friendly, and had a culture of community kindness and activity. We looked all over and there were several places we thought highly of. Bolton, Harvard, Dunstable, Pepperell, Groton, Newbury, you know who you are and you are all awesome. But in the end, we settled on the tiny town of Berlin, we thought it was exactly what we were looking for.

Made by small child for a local gingerbread house contest.

Made by small child for a local gingerbread house contest.

We are still new here and since I can’t drive getting out and about town to experience the town’s culture can be difficult at times. But yesterday I had a ride all over from about noon to 5:30. We went to the church that stands in the center of town, to check out some of the crafts being sold there and then we went to look at the gingerbread houses on display as part of a local contest.

The local church in the center of town is quite old.

The local church in the center of town is quite old.

Handmade teddy bears for sale at the church in the center of town.

Handmade teddy bears for sale at the church in the center of town.

Apparently, this contest runs every year and has quite a few entries. This one of a church was our favorite and won first place, from what I understand. My favorite parts were the back where there was a heart made of candy canes, a symbol of love, and in the windows on the sides, bright little candles shine. I can’t imagine a better statement on what a house of worship should be. A sweet place, full of light for everyone, and full of love for all. The little girl who made this truly made a house for the divine which binds us all. And in a time when the world is so violent and so full of hate and rage…. The pure voice of a child speaking through a piece of sculpture sounds a truth we should all heed. Lessons written in gingerbread that it would do all of us a huge benefit to consume and to make our own as we travel through our lives and world. As we interact with ourselves and each other. I can’t thank her enough for showing in gingerbread, the best that all of us can be.

The heart made of candy canes

The heart made of candy canes

Candles in the windows

Candles in the windows

We had such a good time going to visit all the wonderful gingerbread houses not just this one. They were all truly artistic and brilliant. And I want to thank the old white church at the center of Berlin MA, for holding this contest and for opening it’s doors to anyone who wishes to come and view these works of gingerbread art. We will be back again next year for sure!

Here's the steeple

Here’s the steeple

Over the next few days, we are going to go on a small trip through this tiny little New England town and see some of the wonderful things the community gets up to at Christmas time…. This was only our first stop. The crazy train is leaving the station, next stop tomorrow at some other bit of local awesomeness. All aboard!

4 comments so far, have your say too!

  1. Gary

    Thanks Amanda! Alaia enjoyed seeing her project recognized on your blog. Great write up, thanks again. Gary

    • Thank you for giving me permission to write about it and to use her photo. :) I was so excited by her beautiful gingerbread house it really made me happy to be able to write about it.

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