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Sunday, December 26, 2010

TRADITION

For more years than I can remember, we have built a gingerbread house for the holidays.  There were years where it was a group activity, with the kids' friends joining in, and other times it was an activity for just the 4 of us.  

It is now a family Christmas Eve activity.  We go to church, out to dinner, and then home to decorate the House.  

First, though, one must build the house.  I roll and bake the gingerbread pieces a few days ahead and let them sit and get good and hard before construction begins.  

Anna and I built the house on the evening before Christmas Eve.  We use Royal Icing as the cement.                                             


After 24 hours, it is ready to decorate.  Dave, in his ugly Xmas Eve pj's (a present from me) made yet another batch of Royal Icing.  
Paul, Anna and I arranged and sampled the decorations. 
  And, then we all decorated our house.  


 Once we add ourselves to the yard, then the house is complete

1 comment:

  1. What a fun tradition, we are going through a time in life when the traditions are being reviewed and some dropped and others kept. We have had a very different Christmas this year. Looks like you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.

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