Anyway, regardless of how you feel about the seasonal appropriateness of gingerbread in January, I thought I'd share what's becoming a well loved holiday tradition at our house. It's officially a tradition since we did it last year and we did it this year. Two years and counting. Definitely a tradition.
First, we read a book. Specifically, Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. If you haven't read it yet, go do that now. It's a very fun book with fantastic illustrations. Definitely a good winter book. When I read it I can pretend it's cold outside and not 80 degrees like it's been most of this month (although it's down to 70 today. I suppose that's because winter started yesterday. Happy Solstice!). But I digress...
|The dog treats were just sitting on the counter. They were not used for decorating the gingerbread house. I promise.|
Last year I was lead assembler and L was lead decorator. This year my mom took over as lead assembler while I took photos and held baby E. Baby E was lead observer/sleeper. L took her role of lead decorator very seriously, dressing as Cinderella (or "Singing-rella" as she's called around here) for the occasion.
Perhaps next year I'll be up for making a house from scratch. Or at the very least, making the gingerbread men from scratch. This year I wasn't even up for staging attractive photographs of our gingerbread house. I was up for taking photos and observing with Baby E. It was pretty fabulous to just sit back and watch the magic happen...
What's your favorite family holiday tradition?