My kids read cookbooks. I find this odd, but they do it all the time, especially dessert cookbooks. They often find things in there that they want to cook, so they do, and they do it all, from making a shopping list to cleaning up the kitchen afterwards.
Several months ago, Nate found a recipe/ directions for gingerbread houses and set his heart upon making them. Other than paying for his purchases and pointing out that some of those things we just weren't buying, I stayed out of the process. I did make a few suggestions here and there, but those were largely ignored. So this was all Kaytie and Nate's work.
They tried a pitched roof but couldn't figure out a way to keep it from collapsing, so they finally settled on flat roofs.
They spent a couple of hours working on it. And had a great time. At one point Kaytie was laughing so hard she couldn't breathe. This is going to go down in Christmas history as an Event. :)
Daniel and Abbie came in after awhile and obligingly ate the orange m&ms, broken graham crackers, and extra red hots.
The ice cream cones as trees was a nice touch that transformed the whole thing from a collection of houses into a proper village. I suggested they frost them green but this didn't wind up happening.
Using gum drops as people was Nate's idea, but it was Kaytie who added Santa and his sleigh.
It takes a lot of hands to decorate an entire village for Christmas!
Here are the glamor shots after it was all finished and cleaned up.
I'm very proud of their creativity, ingenuity, and hard work. It's cute and they had so much fun doing it!
My favorite parts: the candy cane heart
and the Cub Scout house with a Cub Scout in front.
And then the monsters invaded!
Merry Christmas from all the penguins!
They will be writing their own posts about the village and I'll add links to them when they post, so check back!