Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Gingerbread Mess 2012

I can NOT believe that today is December 11th.  I feel like I've hardly done anything fun with the kids for Christmas yet.  So tonight I was bound and determined to do something fun and we created our Gingerbread houses.

I have to tell you about something I've learned over the years.  Icing does not a good glue make.  So I cheat.  There I admit it.  I'm not a perfect mom, I cheat!  I put these suckers together with hot glue first before the kids even see them.  It saves a lot of tears and a lot of heartache when everything falls apart.  Who eats the house anyway?  Wait... does anyone actually eat these?

Anyway, we started out with our hot glued gingerbread pieces and the kids were VERY excited to tackle this project.

Then I gave them the icing and they went to town.  I just love how diligently Ella works.  She's very careful to make a perfectly beautiful house and was meticulous (as a 7 year old can be) in making it.

Nicholas cares less about things being perfect.  He more into the making of the house than the outcome.  He liked making snow all over the place and on top of EVERYTHING.

Jack was also very determined to make a beautiful creation.  He REALLY took his time and wanted to do everything himself.   He was especially proud of his creation.

Making gingerbread houses is definitely not for the faint of heart.  It is positively a HUGE mess.  I have learned over the years, however, to just step back and let them do their thing.  Luckily most of the mess was kept on the table and we had no catastrophes.

 I definitely think the making of the gingerbread houses is one of the kids' favorite Christmas traditions. All the mess is worth it to see how happy it makes them.

Nicholas' village:

Ella's Hello Kitty Cottage:

Jack's Train:

Even with all the mess, it's still one of my favorite traditions too.  How can these tiny masterpieces not make you smile?

If you're following along in the Adventures of the Elf on the Shelf:  Lulu (which I'm updating everyday so it will become a full list of all Lulu's adventures... click the link to see ALL the ideas) then here is what she was up to yesterday. 

Lulu hid out in a Christmas Tree jar and posted a sign for help!  


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