Monday, December 6

Gingerbread House Village

I have a little thing about gingerbread houses. One of my earliest memories was of my mom's mom's homemade gingerbread houses. She would create these virtual works of art with candy that I would marvel over every Christmas season. This was a woman who pulled her own taffy, too! She died when I was very young, but my mom kept those candy houses and all through my elementary school years, she would pull them out of the attic, dust them off, and we would enjoy them each and every Christmas.

I've been making gingerbread houses with my own children since they were really little, too. I wish I could say I just let them do their own thing and go to town, but I'm not quite that evolved.... yet. (There's always hope, I guess). I usually buy the store kits and add lots of other candies, too. I put the houses together and then let the kids decide how they'd like to decorate. Then I help them a little, OK a lot, placing everything on the houses.

It's really a lot of fun -- a whole day, usually, of family togetherness. The kids look forward to it, too. They're asking from Thanksgiving on, "Mom, when can we do the gingerbread houses?"

Last year we bought the little gingerbread village and the train set in addition to two full-size gingerbread houses. It was quite a project! But I loved how it turned out. How much fun is it to make a whole gingerbread town! And I finally got a little smarter last year and saved most of it by packing it in ziploc bags and putting them high on a closet shelf.... safe and sound until this December.



















I can't wait til later this week when we carve out some time from our busy holiday schedules to make a few more houses to add to the collection. And maybe this year, I'll even ease up on the control-freak mama thing and let them do it themselves..... or I could always just wait until next year!

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14 comments:

Designs By Pinky said...

I LOVE your gingerbread houses and the TRAIN!!!!!!!!!! So cute!!!! If you stop over to my blog, I have a gingerbread house luminary on my post "My kitchen decorated for Christmas". Hope to see you!!!! XO, Pinky

Dragonfly Treasure said...

OMG! Your gingerbread village so darling!!
*hugs*Deb

artis1111 said...

OH YUM!!!! Ok you can leave me and a glass of milk!! YUM!!! This looks great. Kathy

The Autocrat: Haley said...

OMG!! Toooo cute!! Great job!

Jill said...

wow this looks great, I just posted photos i fmy very first gingerbread house. I didn't realise people kept them too. would love you to pop over an dcheck out my first attempt

Ambrosia said...

WOW!!!

Heidi said...

So sweet! I've got a "Gingerbread House Making Party" scheduled for next week. Hope I can stay out of the candy until then!
Christmas Blessings, Heidi

GreenGardenMom said...

I never see a gingerbread train. How nice!

Lisa said...

wow! This is amazing! I haven't made one of these since I was a kid and your pictures bring back so many memories : )

Anderson's said...

That is so cool! I love the train!

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Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

I am just getting around to visiting and I LOVE your gingerbread village !! Just too cute!!

Debbie

Natasha @ Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive, 365 said...

That is so amazing! What a wonderful tradition that your family has. You are very clever at making gingerbread houses!

I am hosting a Gingerbread house link up as part of my 12 Days of Christmas series at my Christmas blog. I would be honoured if you could stop by and link up this wonderful idea/post!

Best Christmas wishes,
Natasha.

Natasha said...

would love it if you could share this on my link party Serenity Saturday at www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

Natasha xx