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finding a friend picture

There must have been a bit of magic in the air the day George the Gingerbread Man was made.
And some of it must have sprinkled on him.
Because once his little cookie body had cooled from the oven and been decorated with chocolate buttons he opened his eyes to see a whole tray of gingerbread men.


George was excited to have so many friends just like him and he called out; “HI”.
There was no answer.
The other gingerbread men just lay there on the tray with their little icing sugar smiles.
George touched the one closest to him, but it didn’t move.
He sat up and looked around. He saw a bright yellow light streaming through a door and window and decided to head towards that in search of friends.
George carefully climbed off the kitchen counter. It was quite a tricky task with no toes and fingers to help, but the magic seemed to be keeping him safe.
When he reached the floor George walked towards that beautiful sunny light.
He had to go through an outside doorway to get near the light – luckily the screen door was open just a crack and George slipped through.
Ah, all the beautiful colours and smells George was experiencing. He could smell the freshness of the breeze and the sweetness of flowers.
Everywhere he looked, George could see a riot of colours from the pretty flowers in the garden.
George felt sorry for the other gingerbread men for missing out on this wonderful adventure. He would just have to enjoy it enough for all of them.

finding a friend picture

He looked up at the beautiful sun, but could not keep looking as it was so bright.
George could feel its warmth and decided to sit on a chair and enjoy its rays.
He couldn’t do this for long, though, as his chocolate buttons started to melt.


George decided to go in search of friends.
He was attracted to some bright red flowers in the garden and climbed the stone steps towards them, wriggling as the occasional ant walked on his body, tickling him.

finding a friend picture

When he reached the red flowers George said: “Will you be my friend?” The flowers said nothing.
So George moved onto some beautiful leafy green plants and said; “Will you be my friend?”. They did not reply.

finding a friend picture


He noticed some birds hiding in the bushes and decided to see if they would be his new friends. It was a long walk and a bit of a climb to get to them, but George was determined.

finding a friend picture

When he reached the birds George said; “Will you be my friend?”. They had nothing to say to him.
George sat by the little pond for a while, hoping to meet its resident frog, but no one came to greet him.
Then George decided to climb a tree to get a better view of the garden in search of friends.

finding a friend picture

He rested on the tree branch and watched all the activity going on in the garden. Little birds were chirping and flying around, butterflies were flittering, flies and bees were buzzing.
A gentle breeze had little leaves swaying and flowers fluttering.
A colourful spider was climbing a wall and a group of ants walked in a perfect row towards their hidden home.
A lizard basked in the hot sun on a nearby step.
George was so happy to be alive in such a wonderful and beautiful world, even if he couldn’t find a friend.
The sun was getting hotter and George could feel his icing and chocolate buttons melting so he climbed down from the tree and made the long walk back to the doorway, keeping in the shade whenever possible.


Just outside the door, George met a furry dog. He said; “Will you be my friend?”. But the dog didn’t reply, she just picked George up by one leg, enjoying the possibility of a sweet treat.
Luckily someone inside the house called out the dog’s name and she let go of George and wandered inside. It really was a magical kind of day.

finding a friend picture

George noticed a big fish tank inside the house and climbed up to it to see if the fish would be his friends. He said; “Will you be my friend?”, but the fish just kept swimming.

finding a friend picture

If he couldn’t find a new friend, George decided he would just have to be his own friend.
He saw a toy fire truck laying on the floor and decided to pretend he was a fireman, saving people’s lives and homes.


finding a friend picture


Next, George found a toy truck and played at being a truck driver and visiting towns all over the countryside.

finding a friend picture

George spotted a doll house with a little bed that was the perfect spot for him to rest.
As he lay on the bed and thought about his adventures George realised he was very happy and that he had found a friend, maybe the best friend ever.



I hope you enjoyed the story of George the Gingerbread man and his quest for friends. Come back next week for more of his adventures.
Want a delicious and easy gingerbread man recipe? How about some fun gingerbread craft projects
Wishing you friendship and a gleeful week, Tamuria.







  1. aww – this is so sweet, Tami. Finding ourselves is the most beautiful reunion their is!
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  2. Oh, what fun! And I’m so glad George finally found his friend 🙂
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  3. You have such a fun and delightful spirit…and so does George!
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  4. Lori English


    This is a great post and I love the Gingerbread man. One of my favorites. This is a nice post and put in the mood for some Christmas Spirit.

    Lori English

  5. Sonya Kolodziejska

    That is the cutest story ever 🙂 Thanks for sharing. I’m glad George found his best friend in himself.

  6. This is such a sweet lesson for us all, Tami! I love how you went on your own adventure and took pictures to share in the post of all of Gingerbread Man’s stopping places while looking for his friend. I imagine the Goddesses had a lot of fun helping you document the adventures and discovery that Gingerbread Man was his own best friend!
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    • Being your own friend is an important lesson that we can’t teach the kids too early Beverley.Yes, it was fun helping George pose for his adventures. 🙂

  7. What a delightful post! George is the man, and can’t wait to see what adventures he has.
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  8. Sometimes I find myself gearing up to read what’s been posted. I know many of them will be helpful and informative, others will suggest new perspectives. In any event, I find my brain having to focus. What a delight to open your post and be so entertained by you and George. May George have many more adventures and you be there to document them.
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    • Thank you for those kind words Joyce. I wanted to celebrate Christmas with some fun reading. Good to know this hit the spot.

  9. What a fun little story about George the gingerbread man! Enjoyed 🙂 Great Christmas story!!
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  10. An adorable story. And just in time for the holidays. Thanks. I loved the images throughout too.
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  11. What a cute and inventive story for little ones!

  12. You are so precious… I seem to recall there was a movie or cartoon or something like that… and you did a fabulous job reenacting it.. you are a great grandma!
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    • Thank you for your sweet words Kristen. The other story could be that fun one about the gingerbread man who was trying not to be eaten (The Gingerbread Man Story) – “run, run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me I’m the gingerbread man”.

  13. Wow that was so sweet following George in his adventure. The best friend you have is yourself indeed.

  14. This is a cute story. This can be a good Christmas to story to share to young children. That is the absolute truth, you can be your friend anytime. We are glued to ourselves so there is no escape. Better have a good relationship with self.

    • So true Lorii, we are glued to ourselves so we may as well have a good relationship. Glad you enjoyed the story. 🙂

  15. A nice and entertaining story…

  16. Aw, what a sweet story! I enjoyed reading it and seeing all the pictures of George’s adventures!
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  17. Awe how friggin adorable is this story. Thank for taking the time to do this. It is inspiring.

  18. This is such a sweet story! You know you have a children’s book here, right? That would be so cute, and a hit, no doubt!
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