November 29, 2011

Sweet Beginnings

Like many Americans, I succumbed to the allure of decorating the house for Christmas as soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers were put in the fridge.  To be fair, it's just easier to decorate over a long holiday weekend with Chris off from work rather than trying to cram things into a typical Saturday or evening.
Actually, things started earlier last week, when we pulled out the Christmas books, which inspired Soren to want to create a gingerbread house (I'm specifically referring to Gingerbread Mouse, a sweet book he's currently obsessed with).
Despite being a Martha Stewart-o-phile, I know my limits.  No homemade ginger bread here, just a kit picked up at the grocery store.
He really enjoyed the process, including sampling the candy.  I piped on the icing, and he added the bling.
In the end it didn't look too bad, though a smaller piping tool would have been more helpful.  However, I didn't entirely read the directions and the roof was slipping off as we were adding candy.  Oops!
Soren has already asked about building another, but we'll see.  It kept him busy for a while, so it might be a nice diversion on a rainy day.

Have you started decorating for the holidays yet?

6 comments:

  1. You are such a good mom. Jasper has mentioned wanting to do a gingerbread house several times and I've totally poo-pooed it. I did put some poinsettias out, which was uncharacteristically spirited for me. I need to psych myself up for holidays...

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  2. Nope, haven't even started which is not normal for me!

    I made homemade gingerbread houses one year. Once was enough.

    Yours came out super cute!

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  3. JDaniel made one with his cousins last year. We haven't started to decorate here yet.

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  4. It looks so cute! He is getting so big...I can't believe how grown up he looks!

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  5. I'm impressed with your house! I've bought those kits before. Ours never turn out so lovely.

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  6. You could try making a house with graham crackers. You just cut the roof line and such with a serrated knife. It saves you the baking at least!

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