Who can resist a candy-covered gingerbread house this time of year? I know I can’t. I especially love those convenient kits, making it super easy for families to enjoy the fun part – frosting and decorating with candy!
Trader Joe’s had an adorable gingerbread house kit with an authentic German look and feel. Aaaahhh, Christmastime in Germany…. TJ and I discovered it while we were studying in Heidelberg, Germany our Sophomore year in college. The charming Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) in the town center was absolutely magical – gift booths, seasonal decorations, sweet treats and hot Gluhwein. The Germans know how to do Christmas!
Anyhow, back to the gingerbread kit. We scheduled a night during our Merry Mission to make a gingerbread house together as a family. At first Mama got a little control freakish about making it look perfect like the picture on the package, but then she got over herself and let the kids take over.
It was messy. It was sticky. It was sugary. And we loved it!
And then Jack wrote about it at school in his Family Experience Journal. How cute (and um, confident) is that?
Note to self: Always buy extra candy for gingerbread house decorating. The ready-to-assemble kits are great, but a little lacking in the candy volume. Because of course, you can never put too much candy on top of frosting on top of a cookie. Of course.