Lebkuchen is the original gingerbread. It's a little spicier than gingerbread as it contains a bit of pepper. The texture is a little different too--hard on the outside and spongy on the inside. It can come in different shapes and usually has almonds pressed on top.
The University Guesthouse, where we currently live, organized an afternoon of making and decorating gingerbread houses for the children. Penelope and I decided to try our hand at it. Let's just say that making a gingerbread house while entertaining a baby isn't the easiest thing I've ever done. Here's the pathetic result:
I intended to add a top to the house, but I ran out of patience. Penelope wasn't very impressed with the overall result either.
We did manage to heap on lots of candy--isn't that the point of making a gingerbread house anyway?
Let's just say that 30 seconds after this photo was taken there was no gingerbread house. Just a pile of candy pieces and cracker crumbs.