Much like the decorating of the pumpkin, the constructing of the gingerbread house didn’t happen according to the traditional time line. We here at the circus like to do things in our own time, thank you very much!
I mentioned before that this year I decided to go with the kit over baking from scratch. I bought the kit in early December and kept waiting for that evening when we were all home and not already busy with something else. I didn’t want to cram it in just to do it, I wanted to enjoy it.
And so, the gingerbread house was built on January 5th. Same day I got around to taking the ornaments of off our tree and our decor off the walls. My son asked if we could keep the gingerbread house out or if we had to take it down too. I assured him we could keep it up for a few weeks.
I was surprised by how much my youngest contributed to the project. In addition to eating a corner of the the chimney and the foot and leg off of the gingerbread snow man, she decorated an entire side of the roof. The kids all had a blast decorating the gingerbread house. We even survived the roof collapsing and one side breaking into two, with no tears!
I told Scott next year I might just plan to build the gingerbread house after Christmas and go ahead and wait to buy the kit till afterwards as well. We could save 75% on the cost and we all had just as much fun doing it in Jan as we’d have had in December (maybe even more).
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