Lebkuchen is used to make houses that are decorated with sweets and icing, big heartsr that have names or even romantic messages iced on them. More recently the gingerbread Christmas tree has become very popular and I have also seens sleighs made from lebkuchen.
Lebkuchen is an integral part of German Advent and Christmas traditions and my mother was always big on keeping the traditions. In South Africa in the '70's and '80's the widely available in Germany - Lebkuchen spice was not readily available so she researched and made her own before she started baking.
3 Tablespoon Cinnamon
2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground aniseed
Mix all together and store in an airtight jar till required.
You can use whole spices and grind them down to powder form in a clean coffee grinder.