Thursday, December 22, 2011

Decorate a Gingerbread House - Countdown to Christmas - Day 22

The girls have been looking forward to decorating a gingerbread house since the beginning of December. On the 22nd day of December, they finally had the opportunity to do one of their favorite holiday activities.

Sophia decorating the gingerbread house.

After last year's challenge with trying to assemble the pieces of a gingerbread house into a structure that would stay together, we opted for a pre-made house. This is so much easier to do, and much more enjoyable for the girls.

Olivia adding red icing to the Christmas tree.

The tree came with the house, so it was smaller version than what Olivia usually decorates. Next year, she asked for the tree that has the stackable pieces. 

Adding candy decorations.

They spent time decorating the house and tree.They used icing and a variety of candies.

Olivia with her finished gingerbread tree.

Both were very happy with how their creations turned out.

Sophia with her completed gingerbread house.

As they do each year, they bring the item they made to their room. Not only does this add a festive touch to their bedrooms, but it keeps it safe from the dogs who would easily consume a gingerbread house and tree in a matter of minutes.

Now Sophia and Olivia just have to wait for four more days until they begin to slowly remove little pieces...a section of the roof, a limb of a tree.  Like Hansel and Gretel, gradually, the house and tree are eaten and enjoyed by the girls.


Rita said...

I've never made a gingerbread house and didn't know you could buy them pre-made...and a tree, too! Great idea! Both the girls did excellent jobs. And smart to keep them away from the dogs--LOL! :)

What Remains Now said...

I've really enjoyed reading about all your holiday activities.