Gosh, it's the first day of December already, the day you can start to open the doors of your Advent Calender.
This week I've been busy with Gingerbread Houses.
Gingerbread has a long history, I read that Gingerbread was brought to Europe in 992ad by an Armenian Monk and from there the love of Gingerbread spread across Europe to Britain and America.
It's believed that Gingerbread Houses became popular after the story of Hansel & Gretel by The Brothers Grimm was published.
These Christmas Tree Decorations are painted individually so are all slightly different and in different colours.
|Gingerbread House Tree Decoration|
|Handpainted Gingerbread House Tree Decoration|
|Gingerbread House with a Candy Cane|
I've also painted a little Gingerbread Man for a Tree Decoration.
Watch out here comes the history snippet..
The popularity of the Gingerbread Man has been attributed to Queen Elisabeth 1. (1533-1603) It is said that she had the gingerbread figures made and presented in the likeness of some of her important guests and courtiers.
|Gingerbread Man Christmas Tree Decoration|
Christmas Fairy & Elf Doors have been a hit this year too, they are great for weaving a story around, they are a way for Santa's helpers to pop in from the North Pole to see how the children are behaving or as an alternative to a Santa Key. If you are going away from home for the festivities you can take the Door with you and Santa will know where to leave any presents.
I have traditional Reds and Greens,
|Christmas Elf Doors in Red & Green|
|Christmas Elf & Winter Fairy Doors in Blues|
and even Pretty Pinks..
|Pink Christmas Doors for the Winter Fairy|
Don't forget that if you'd like to purchase any of these items (or similar) please contact me.
I hope you all have a great week and don't eat all the advent chocolates before the first week is out!!
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