Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Gingerbread Holiday Tradition

I figured I needed to post this before Christmas. Otherwise it might seem a little silly. I don't know why...gingerbread could easily be a winter activity and winter clearly extends beyond December 25th but somehow it seems out of place after Christmas is over. Maybe it's just me.
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.
After we read Gingerbread Baby, we make a gingerbread house. This year we used a gingerbread house kit--one of the ones that comes with all the pieces to the house and you just mix up the frosting, stick the house together and decorate it with candy, also included in the kit. I bought one last year too. It was wonderfully easy.

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...

Happy Holidays!

What's your favorite family holiday tradition?


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  2. Hmm. My kids are older but they seem to think that the Christmas decorations need to go in specific spots. I moved a few things around this year only to come home that night from shopping to be told that they decorations were now all in the 'right' place. Silly me. Great pictures in this post, you did a lovely job. :)



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