One of the Christmas traditions my family has developed during the past few years is decorating a gingerbread house to dress up our kitchen island during the holiday season (and often beyond!). Believing that the fun part is decorating the house, we simplify things by starting with a Wilton pre-baked gingerbread house kit. Normally retailing for $12.99, I've discovered that I can usually find one of these on sale around Thanksgiving for $5 or $6. Last year we purchased a house kit and a cool gingerbread Christmas tree kit (which we loved!), but I was unable to find a tree kit on sale this year. So we went with an adorable gingerbread mini village kit this year instead.
So on Sunday, after church (including our kids' Christmas pageant) and Sunday School, a lunch out at Applebee's to celebrate both kids' most recent and most excellent report cards, and a stop at Cold Stone Creamery so DD could use her free ice cream coupon for her upcoming birthday (more on that later in the week!), the four of us spent the rest of the afternoon in the kitchen assembling miniature gingerbread houses and getting them all decorated for Christmas. Here are our results (just keep in mind that our chief decorators are 8 and nearly 12, so you won't find perfection here! But you will find lots of sugary cheer.).
Thanks for indulging my little slice of bliss here today. We had so much fun making this little gingerbread village. :)
Happy First Day of Winter!