Every year the kids like to make gingerbread houses. However, we have two problems with gingerbread houses. One, none of us like gingerbread. At all.
Second, and probably more importantly, I am not the kind of cook nor the kind of person that plays well with fiddly things like making gingerbread and cutting it and all.
So we cheat. We use graham crackers. This year, we got fancy and Kaytie made royal icing. This made the whole process much easier for the kids.
On the other hand, we forgot to buy candy and stuff... so the kids used whatever was left over from Abbie's birthday ice-cream bar. They had a ton of fun!
Daniel is the kid with the future in engineering. His house went up quickly and stayed up. It was the sturdy, well built house of the village.
Abbie's had the most personality. There is an entire story about her house, including Santa on the roof. And yes, Santa did fall off at least once during the making of the village. However, he did not disappear and leave an empty suit...
Nate had the most difficulty with construction. He is not a patient boy. So he tossed up some walls... asked for help from his siblings... and eventually settled for some male humor and walked away with a handful of stolen chocolate chips.
Kaytie is the sibling with the eye for decoration. She is creative and loves things to be pretty. Her's was the most attractively decorated.
She helped rebuild Nate's Jericho.
Careful placement of the icing...
Standing like a stork helps the icing set faster, I guess.
Come on, Santa! Co-operate!!!
Daniel's house. Complete with chimney.
Built strong enough to survive monsters of all sorts.
Abbie's house. Santa found a spot that was a little more secure than the pitched roof.
Kaytie's house, covered beautifully in yummy chocolate.
And Nate's house. The, ummm, "thing" on top is actually a reindeer.
A very naughty reindeer who did not go potty before they left the North Pole.
Merry Christmas from all four little penguins!!!!