Greetings! Greg and I hope everyone had a great week filled with Christmas fun and holiday cheer! We’ve been a little MIA over the holiday because we’ve been down in Florida with my side of the family. We can’t even begin to say how much fun we’ve had and how nice it has been to take a break. We so needed this. Since we took time off, we have some catching up to do in the post department – but all of that will come in due time. Later, we thought we’d do a quick post a little more on the “life” side of things with a rundown of our Christmas break. For now, we’re talking gingerbread houses! As I mentioned in this post, this year our family had a gingerbread house decorating contest. I’m not going to divulge whose house is whose, but I will tell you mine didn’t turn out quite as expected… there was an “earthquake” involved (hint, hint!).
We started out with eight pre-made gingerbread houses from Target and laid a plastic table cloth on my grandparent’s dining table. We put all of our candy in clear plastic cups and bowls down the center of the table. Once everything was set up, it was time to decorate! Eight ladies of our family each had their own house and we spent nearly 3 hours decorating away and having a blast. It was so. much. fun. Once the houses were decorated, we lined them up on the bar in my grandparent’s kitchen. They were such a hit and surprisingly so widely talked about in this little part of Tampa, that we even had a few groups of people from my grandparents’ church stop by just to check them out. For more photos of our little gingerbread decorating party, check out our Instagram. Without further ado, our houses…
So, that’s the tour of our 8 gingerbread houses – well, 7.5 if you count mine (still hanging my head in shame). Other than my house, it’s so funny how our family can see everyone’s personality in their houses. If you know my family, I think it’s safe to say you’ll be able to figure out whose gingerbread house is whose. So, now it’s time for the anticipated point of the process… the voting! We aren’t awarding an official prize other than “bragging rights”, but if you come from a big family, you know that “bragging rights” go a long way, haha.
My family had an incredibly fun time doing this and we’re already getting excited about next year’s gingerbread house decorating festivities. We went as far as to make a few notes about things we would do differently next year. 1) We’re planning on making our own icing and using icing bags. In the middle of decorating, we ran out of icing and had my dad and our cousin, David, run to Walgreen’s for a icing run. We also have an inkling that homemade icing will firm up faster and we’ll be able to make it as firm or runny as we need. 2) Lazy susans! Over the next year, we’re going to be on the hunt for inexpensive lazy susans (maybe these) to sit our houses on while we’re working on them. This will make the decorating process a lot more convenient. 3) Another thing we want to do is have everyone bring a pair of scissors. My mom also said she was going to bring tweezers next time to do more detailed features. 4) Next year, I’m buying a lot less candy. I ended up spending around $100 on candy, tools and icing. (Yeah, I know.) We had gobs and gobs of candy left over and I learned my lesson.
This is definitely a Christmas tradition that’s here to stay. It’s so neat to take a tradition that started in college and carry it on with the rest of the family. We’ll be back later with a rundown of our break!