We have a special Holiday tradition in our house that we do every year with the kids and Grandma and Grandpa. We decorate a Gingerbread House. We usually buy a kit where the house pieces are already made and all we have to do is decorate. (Saves a huge amount of time!) We eve use old Halloween candy as additional decorations for the house to get rid of the “less than desirable” candy that the kids never ate.
If you are looking for recipes to make the gingerbread pieces yourself, different gingerbread kits or tips on how to best tackle a gingerbread together, try the Fork & Bottle site or the Wilton site. They both have a nice round-up post of all things Gingerbread. If you want to see some incredible gingerbread houses for inspiration, check out Sweetopia, How to Cook That, or Better Homes and Gardens.
One year we branched out and made a gingerbread stable since my daughter loves horses. We’ve also made a gingerbread train. You can find the gingerbread train kit here. We even found a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Gingerbread House Kit. I love the Bumble! If you know of any other cool gingerbread kits out there, let us know. We’re always game for trying a new twist on a favorite family activity.
However, if you want to avoid the sticky mess and try something new this year, we found this great idea on the Alpha Mom site to build a cardboard Gingerbread House. Very cute!
Do you decorate a gingerbread house every year? Do you eat the gingerbread house when you’re done?