Last weekend we joined kids and leaders from CISV and started preparing for the christmas season.

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In Bergen during christmas season they make a Gingerbread Town, that is claimed to be the largest one in the world. This has been a tradition for this city since 1991, there is always thousands of contributors, including kindergardens, schools, companies and individuals. They join together and make their gingerbread house, that they deliver to be parte of the huge town in city.

And for the people in Bergen this is something they are really proud of. Actually in 2009 the city was paralyzed because some vandals broke in and destroyed more than 600 ginger bread houses. Back then the same citizens where very determined and decided they wanted to join forces and rebuild the city. In no more than two days the city was rebuild thanks to the same contributors.

Gingerbread is a tradition that has been present for years, history says that it arrived to Europe around 992. In some cases it was sold because it was thought to have medicinal properties. In Norway it is a very cool tradition where families get together and build their own houses.

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If you want to make your own cookies you will need the following ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)

The rest of the recipe can be found in: food.com

This was a really nice way to get prepared for this christmas,  sharing a Sunday afternoon with the kids from CISV Bergen and making the CISV-houses was a very nice experience.

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