We started a holiday tradition last year - decorating a gingerbread house together. And by together, I mean Anderson and I. So far, we have left Sawyer out. Candy, icing, cookies, and a perfectionist mom do not mix. Eventually, Sawyer will get to help out but for now Anderson and I have enjoyed doing this together, just us.
This is one of those gingerbread house kits from Target, along with some extra candy I picked up at Walgreens.
The roof is made of Necco wafers. I sampled all of the candy, of course, including these. What the what?! People actually eat these on purpose? They are SO disgusting and now I feel like all of my teeth are going to fall out. Let me just give you an idea of what these taste like. Petrified tums-flavored chalk. I would rather eat Tums than these, and Tums gag me. Sorry Necco wafers - cute roof shingles though.
These are my favorite part! I used gummy lifesavers to make little wreaths. I just cut wedges from a red lifesaver and used icing to secure them down to make a bow.
Mini Charleston Chews make up the bricks for the walkway.
The fence is made from the hook parts of mini candy canes. It was Anderson's idea.
I told him "That's a really good idea."
He said "I know."
It was a fun afternoon. Maybe one day I will make my own gingerbread... How likely is that? Probably about as likely as me eating Necco wafers again.
Just for fun, here is last year's house:
What are some of your holiday traditions?