A December Tradition

When I was growing up, we made a gingerbread house (or sleigh, or something gingerbread-y) every year… or almost every year anyway.  It’s a fun tradition that I have carried on with my children.  As they get older, it’s exciting to see the girls put some actual planning into the houses and how they want them to turn out.  Believe me, I lived through the years of “let’s just throw all these pieces of candy on the house and think it looks beautiful” all the while, eating the rest of the candy.  And they were beautiful, in their own way.

But this year…. we outdid ourselves, and had the mess to prove it!

I may have gone slightly overboard with the candy selection.

Lila chose to make an igloo made of sugar cubes this year, complete with ADORABLE penguins!  I used a recipe for a good sticky icing found HERE.

Clara chose the “princess castle” version.  We made it out of chocolate graham crackers.  Note the “reinforcement” graham crackers on the inside to help support the pieces that were glued together.

Mallory chose a “pretty in pink” version:

And I couldn’t go without sharing with you my masterpiece…

We spent the whole day making gingerbread houses and had so much fun!  The girls are already planning what to do for next year!

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A Christian wife, mother, daughter, former educator, photographer, amateur chef, pretend gardener, alto 🎶, book nerd, cancer-survivor and laundry-hater.

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One Response to A December Tradition

  1. Catherine December 22, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    So great! Y’all did a wonderful job – all day, eh? :) I am wondering how to do this w/the olders, and not let the mess get out of hand when the youngest comes in to see what’s going on ;) Might just have to go for it and see. Thanks for sharing all the photos!

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