The Gingerbread Singers

This is my friend Melissa. She runs the Solvang Bakery with her mom, Susan. A lot of people think Melissa looks like Kelly Ripa, which is funny, because Melissa and Susan have made custom gingerbread houses for celebs like Oprah Winfrey and Kelly Ripa. They ship hundreds of these intricate little houses across the country each December. Pretty much from now until the new year, they don’t sleep. They survive on gumdrops and caffeine. Not that they’re complaining. You’ll never see Melissa without that infectious smile!

Every Christmas, in addition to designing the custom gingerbread houses, Solvang Bakery offers workshops where people can come to the bakery and have everything they need to create their own gingerbread houses. Three years ago Melissa asked me and two friends if we would sing Christmas carols during the workshops.

Like I would turn down an opportunity to sing!

It has become our holiday tradition, the first Saturday of December, to sing carols at the bakery. We start at noon, right after the Christmas parade, and we keep at it until about 5pm. It’s a long day, but a lot of fun. We sing a capella, usually inside the cafΓ© area, but sometimes we venture outside. The only problem with being outside is the tourists who stop to take our picture. As if we’re a Solvang attraction. *sigh* We should have been charging, especially the lady who was videotaping us on her phone. I mean, really!

Today is the Third Day of Christmas, and as you may have guessed, one of today’s prizes involves food — what are the holidays without treats?

Choice #1 is a delicious set of 4 gingerbread men from Solvang Bakery. I can’t even begin to tell you how yummy these are. They’ll be shipped fresh, your own little piece of Solvang to enjoy πŸ™‚

Choice #2 is a $10 gift card from Amazon. Use it to buy a gift for someone else, or for yourself!

Choice #3 is UNDERCOVER by Beth Kephart. You can read my interview with Beth or visit her blog. She is a great writer and a wonderful person. This is the paperback edition of UNDERCOVER, with extras in the back. It is a very gently used copy that I read as soon as it came from Amazon.

If you’d like to be entered in the drawing, make sure you’re a follower, and leave a comment. That’s it!

The winner from the Second Day of Christmas is:

Congratulations, Karen!! Email me at solvangsherrie at gmail dot com and let me know which prize you would like me to send from Day Two.

I’ll be drawing for today’s prizes on Tuesday night at 10pm, PST. Have a great Monday!

18 thoughts on “The Gingerbread Singers

  1. Oh, you sing all afternoon. I can feel the high of it and sure wish I could hear it. Maybe next year I'll drive to Solvang the first Saturday in December. But I promise not to videotape.
    This post makes me think you live in a heavenly place.

  2. Now you're offering a choice of food or books?! I'm loving this.

    That is wonderful that you get to sing. I think a trip to the bakery post critique group is in order. Don't forget I want to hear that song from your old band, too. πŸ™‚

  3. Hi, Sherrie! I've been lurking on your blog just long enough that now you tempt me cookies AND books… I'm soooo following.

    Thanks for all your great giveaways and interviews! You have an awesome blog.

  4. Oh man, what fun! I tried to make those one year and they were TERRIBLE! The next year I bought the pre fab kind and it still turned out awful 😦

    Not my calling.

    Merry Christmas!!!!

  5. Shelley: What a fun tradition! The singing was a blast πŸ™‚

    Tricia: We do have a little slice of heaven here in Solvang.

    Shannon: The gingerbread houses ARE divine and isn't the resemblance amazing?!

    Becky: The singing is fun, but it'll be a long time before I consider myself a tourist attraction (as in NEVER!!)

    Susan: Can you just imagine the heavenly aroma in that bakery? Yeah, Melissa totally looks like Kelly and she is one of the nicest people I know.

    Lori: Food and books go so well together, don't you think πŸ˜€

    Jackee: Thanks for un-lurking yourself! Glad to meet you!

    LiLa: I LOVE to sing. I was in bands from high school to 30 and came this close to getting signed. *sigh* Now I'm trying for a different type of signing!

    Katie: I guess you can keep your day job as a writer instead of doing the gingerbread thing πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas to you too!

  6. Those houses look beautiful (and yummy!). Your friend does look like Kelly Ripa!
    That is so fun that you carol at the bakery. You should feel flattered that people want to video or photo you carolers! Tell that lady to put it on youtube so I can hear your beautiful voice!!

  7. I think Solvang is such a great place! Your friend Melissa does look like Kelly Ripa–very pretty. πŸ™‚ I'm impressed that you can sing! I can, too, but nobody would want to hear me. Hee! Actually, that's not true. Kids 0 – 4-ish seem to like my voice, God bless 'em.

    BTW, have you ever attended Santa Barbara's annual Breakfast with the Authors? Someone gave me an article about it, and it sounds neat.

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