It's a tradition started years and years ago! I recall buying ONE for Tyson and I and being so excited to work on it with him and then realizing that my vision of the final outcome was NOTHING like a 3 year old's vision. I either had to adopt the attitude of "let him have fun" or "control". I wanted this tradition to be filled with good memories, so I allowed him to decorate it whatever way he desired. And then came two more babies, which later meant two more gingerbread houses, making a total of 3 gingerbread houses. Haha. This was the first year, I decided mommy needed a gingerbread house of her own. I set up our stations filled with the pre-assembled gingerbread house, frosting, a butter knife, and all of the FUN embellishments featured below.
The kids were excited and got to work quickly!
My kids are very much perfectionists, so there was a lot of frustration at first! "Mine doesn't look good!", "Mommy yours is so much prettier than mine!", "My frosting looks messy!"
I just tried to continually remind them that this is supposed to be fun. We aren't entering our homes into a contest and more than likely NO ONE will even see the end result. Things eventually got a lot more light hearted.
I enjoyed sitting still and letting my creative juices flow. Hello shiny head. Haha. Geez.
The houses were a lot smaller than I had hoped, but a lot larger than the kids had patience for. Next year, I may get them the mini homes.
At one point, I was completely deserted at the gingerbread house table! Their attention span lasted about 25 minutes. NOT BAD, but I sat at that table for 1.50 hours.
Here is the end result... my house!
And of course, as you saw in the last post, after the holidays, I let the kids SMASH their gingerbread houses with a hammer. We will NOW be making that our NEWEST end of the Christmas season tradition. LOL! ALL that HARD WORK for NOTHING!