What Do Gingerbread Houses Have In Common With the Church?

by June Fuentes on December 22, 2011 in Activities, Creativity, Engaging the Senses, Food, Fun, Unity Between Generations

Today we have a guest post from Ashley Schnarr of Stay at Home Daughter:


(2011 Gingerbread house)

Gingerbread house making and decorating is one of my favorite family traditions that we do each Christmas season.

Every year my mom and I and a few of the other kids spend a day mixing up gingerbread dough, rolling it out and cutting all kinds of shapes. After we cut out the shapes we bake them and using a special hardening icing we glue them all together to make a house. Next comes the fun part. Thanksgiving night we gather as a family to decorate the houses with all types of candy!


(2010 Gingerbread houses)

It’s been cool to see the creativity and decorating quality grow every year. We started this tradition when the kids in my family were very young so it’s neat to see how far we’ve come. As little kids we were more concerned about how much candy we could stick on a house so we could eat it later and now we are a little more concerned about design and realism. Either way it’s been a fun tradition and something we look forward to every year.

When I was thinking about the gingerbread houses today it occurred to me that there is a spiritual application here. When we make the gingerbread houses we have to cut out and bake all kinds shapes. Each shape is very different but they are all equally important. We need each piece for the house to fit together properly to stand firm. If we took out even one piece the house wouldn’t say up very well. Not only do we need all of the pieces to make a house we also need something strong to bond it together. That is why we use a special hardening icing.

(One of the younger kid’s houses a few years back)

This reminds me of the body of Christ. In the body there are many members and each are completely different but they are all equally important. The back wall of the gingerbread house may not seem very important because it is usually a part that is hidden from view but without it the house would come crashing down. It’s the same way with the body of Christ. We all have different jobs. Some are in the lime light and others are not but each is equally important to the body. If we are missing just one piece it spells disaster.

But like the gingerbread house, having all of the pieces is not enough. We need something strong to unify us and hold us together. In the Church this is Christ. He is our head and He bonds us together. Apart from Christ we are merely detached pieces, useless on our own but in Christ we are one and we are able to accomplish our purpose- to glorify our creator. Just as gingerbread houses reflect the unique creativity of their maker so does the body of Christ being unified in Him.


For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. -Romans 12:4-5 {NASB}


Gingerbread house making is such a fun tradition that really promotes family bonding and creativity. We’ve done some experimenting over the years and found the BEST recipes for strong houses. I share our special hardening icing and gingerbread house dough recipe on my blog Stay-At-Home Daughter. Please feel free to stop by for the recipes and additional pictures.

(Rooftop view from our 2011 house)

I’m also in the middle of a Christmas series called “The Unveiling of Christmas…. never be satisfied with mere tradition”. The goal of this series is to break the trend of telling shallow renditions of the Christmas story by digging down deep into the Word to reveal more of the fullness of the Glorious Impossible. I would love to have you join us!



Ashley Schnarr is a stay-at-home daughter preparing for her future dream of being a wife and mother. She blogs at www.stayathomedaughter.com where she shares her passion for Christ, Biblical femininity and preparation for the future. Ashley comes from a family of seven. She enjoys ministering in song, being a wedding cake decorator, long time babysitter, and new author of “Keeping House…While Keeping Sane”. You can follow Ashley through her blog, facebook, or twitter.

June Fuentes

June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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Missy December 23, 2011

My girls say the blue Victorian looks just like our house! Well, not EXACTLY, but pretty close! Love it! Thanks for a new idea.

Ashley@ Stay-At-Home Daughter December 24, 2011

Wow! That is so cool! And you are very welcome for the ideas. Our family loves making gingerbread houses!

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