Thursday, December 11, 2014

An Alphabet Soup type of Christmas - Part 3 - The Ginger Bread House

The Gingerbread House.

We have made Gingerbread houses for the last 8 years. I got involved in the whole Gingerbread caper when my eldest first started school and one of the local churches ran a Gingerbread evening.

I was totally there for the crafting (being non-religious) and as it was a child-free event - I could t.o.t.a.l.l.y. get my craft on - and wow - that first house - let me tell you it was a perfect example of control-freakery colour co-ordinated goodness.

All very orderly, I only used the icing, silver balls, green spearmint leaves, red raspberries and white jelly beans - oh for the love of classic patterns and fine sugar work! other Gingerbread house we have done since has ever looked like that....ever again. After the first one, the boys HAD to get involved and I had yet another mothering lesson of "release, it's all about release" handed down to me.

We have now embraced the Any-which-way-goes vibe and turned the Gingerbread House into a bit of an event. On a Saturday in early December, I invite 3 other families over and we all get up to our elbows in lollies and runny icing. (I order the kits from The Ginerbread Folk and highly recommend them.)

The kids love it.........and I have to leave the room while they are sticking the lollies on - pass the Rosé please!


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