Holiday Cheer

by Lee Rose Emery

x-mas111_053One of my favorite things about the holidays is decorating gingerbread houses with the kids. I’d like to tell you that I make mine from scratch. But I don’t. I buy a kit. I’d like to tell you that ours looks like this one on the left, but it doesn’t. We bought our kit at Bed Bath and Beyond for $9.99. The kits are nifty as they contain all the little pieces of gingerbread and all you need to do is to stand the sides of the house up and frost them together. Then the fun part happens and you can decorate them. We also¬† buy extra colorful candy to adorn the roofs. The holidays can get so rushed, and hectic. I am really looking for ways to reign it in, to find the spirit, to create time spent with family just enjoying each other. Our gingerbread houses are not perfect. Sometimes half the roof falls off. But each time we begin this family tradition, I feel so grateful for time spent with the kids doing something fun and fanciful together. It makes me feel the true magic of the season.

img_3478This one’s not finished but you can see the potential.

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