HELSINKI, Finland A colorful gingerbread house village created by the Relief Society of the Helsinki 2nd Ward, Helsinki Finland Stake, helped many patients in youth hospitals feel the Christmas spirit. The village, with its candy decorated houses, created a pleasant sight to many heart patients and their families. During Christmas the houses will add to the holiday when the children eat the gingerbread village.
Sisters Towe Lindgren and Kirsti Lehtinen had the idea to build the houses by using biscuits (cookies) and then decorate with different candies. Sister Anneli Topelius, who is employed by a local children's heart clinic, liked the project and asked if the village could be set up by the first of December to be viewed, then eaten later in the month.
A snow storm raged outside the meetinghouse while the gingerbread houses were being made, adding to the atmosphere.