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Gingerbread House Delights

The house is beautiful. The snow on the roof is thick and hangs over the eaves forming beautiful icicles. There are wreaths on the roof and the trees are covered in snow. Outside in the yard, the elves are decorating the tree while the choir sings, others are gathering snow for a snowball fight, lacing up their skates to test out the frozen pond and the bakers are showing off their freshly baked pretzels. Santa’s sleigh is overflowing with treats. It’s a scene worthy of a Christmas card and all of it is edible.

This stunning gingerbread house, created by the team at Duft & Co Bakehouse in Abbotsford is now being enjoyed by the children at Matthew’s House. The house is made of gingerbread, the elves are made of gum paste, and the pond and the windows on the house are all made of sugar. The little details like the elf peeking out of the chimney, the pretzels on the baking pan, or the elf getting ready to place the star on the tree, bring a smile to the faces of all who see it.

Cassie, the co-owner of the Duft & Co. Bakehouse says this is the third year they’ve chosen to donate their creation to Matthew’s House.

“We used it first at the Bakehouse, raising money this year for #AbbyStrong,” Cassie says, explaining that they choose a different charity each year. “We then donated it to Matthew’s House because we hoped it would be fun for the kids and make them smile.”

The gingerbread house has been a delight for the children as well as the staff and other visitors to the home.

“Everyone who sees it is just amazed at the detail of it,” says Wendy Toohey, the manager at Matthew’s House. “It’s just so neat that Duft & Co thinks of us each year. It’s beautiful.”

This is an encouragement to those who created it.

“We strongly support and appreciate the work that is done at Matthew’s House,” Cassie says. “This is a way for us to give back and show our appreciation.”



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