In my family, making a gingerbread house/village is a long-time tradition.
Sometimes you stay up until 4am with your sister-in-law watching Alias re-runs and making an entire gingerbread village complete with railroad and ice skating rink on the island in your mother’s kitchen before it gets demolished during The Great Kitchen Make-over of 2006 and 2007.
And sometimes you just allow your toddlers to help you. :)
We used all our left-over Halloween candy (apparently Gavin and my mother are the only people on this planet that enjoy candy corn) on this bad boy and only things in the pantry as the decorations. Other than the gingerbread kit that I got about a month ago using my 40% off coupon at Michael’s, I didn’t buy anything extra for the house …with one exception: THE PEPPERIDGE FARM GINGER FAMILY COOKIES. Thanks to Kim, they are my favorite holiday cookie. You must try them. Do it now before they are no longer on the shelves. We used 3 cookies on the house …and I ate the rest.
SERIOUS DISCUSSION TIME.
I hate to bring up such a super serious discussion during this holiday season, but there is a great debate happening at The R House regarding gingerbread house construction.
My mom (the genius above) hot glues the actual gingerbread pieces together so that they won’t fall apart while decorating. Mr. R is a purist and believes everything should be done with royal frosting …which is why ours fell apart twice and the walls look the way they look. (Hysterical, btw!)
My feeling is that no one really eats the actual gingerbread–heck, no one has even picked at the candy on the house–so why use royal frosting when hot glue will save you time and possible frustration?
Are you a Royal Frosting Purist or are you joining The Hot Glue Revolution?