I found this fantastic gingerbread house idea on Smockity Frocks. Instead of having to spend money on a kit or making a mess in the kitchen to make sugary gingerbread cookies first, you use graham crackers! It’s perfect; they’re already all the same size, they’re inexpensive, and they don’t have as much sugar as cookies.
I was looking forward to trying this with the kids but I knew it would be more fun with friends, so we invited some friends over for lunch after church.
I’d intended to make the houses on Saturday so they’d be all ready to decorate, but I never got around to it.
Ok, I got lazy and decided to finish crocheting some adorable baby cowboy boots instead. Want to see a pic? Check them out here (sorry for the bad quality photo..my phone isn’t the best camera.)
Anyway, I didn’t make the houses on Saturday. Instead, an hour before church started, I realized I should look up the recipe for the icing for the houses. I then read this section of Smockity’s blog post,
I learned the hard way that the houses do not have sufficient time to harden if they are constructed the day of the party, and there is nothing sadder at Christmas time than a room full of bawling preschoolers looking at a broken pile of graham crackers.
Oh boy. I didn’t want a bunch of sad preschoolers and kindergarteners, so I got busy making the icing and trying to put together the houses. Thankfully I only had to make 4, because even as it was, I finished about 15 minutes before church started. Thankfully we live only a few blocks from church. It was cold enough, and there was a chance of freezing rain, so we decided to drive. At this point we discovered that our van’s sliding doors don’t like the cold. Living in Canada, this is a problem. We had to load the kids from the back door and then crawl in to buckle them. Remember, I’m 36 weeks pregnant. I’m glad our van doesn’t have a nanny-cam.
But I digress.
We came home church and I nervously opened the fridge door to discover that the houses had stayed up. Success!
Our friends arrived, we ate lunch, then the kids had fun decorating the houses. Well, most of the kids. One of them ended up being sick and our friends had to leave early, but one boy got to take home a decorated house and the other got to take home his house to decorate when he’s feeling better. (Please pray that no one else gets sick in my friend’s family or ours!)
All in all, the houses turned out a success. Thanks Smockity Frocks!
What Christmas activities has your family been doing? Share your ideas or blog post links!