Our Abbey is quite nuts during Christmas time and the preceding four
weeks of Advent, nuts with gingerbread: Since 1994 Advent has been
sweetened for our guests by an exhibition of our gingerbread houses - of
tender chocolate, fragrant with cinnamon, decorated with almonds and
“powder-snowed” with white sugar. The program of this very special
type of exhibition embraces an
the “old Germans” already had their gingerbread recipes. Many ancient,
traditional customs had their origins in the gingerbread-making of long
ago. We are told, for example, that gingerbread (or honeycake) was
sacrificed in honor of the deceased during the cold nights (called
“rough nights”) between December 21st (midwinter) and January 6th (epiphany).
In medieval times gingerbread (or honeycake) was highly symbolic in all
intermonastic festivities. Some of this symbolic value still can be found
e.g. in today’s gingerbread hearts people buy and give to their friends
or loved ones at profane festivities, such as the Oktoberfest in Munich.
our gingerbread houses have been traveling all around the world. They have
become ambassadors of Austrian Christmas traditions.
Do come and visit our exhibition.