Making Gingerbread Houses
Christmas is a time for family, fun and making memories, with traditions that often include presents under the tree, cookies for Santa, Christmas caroling and programs at school or church.
Whatever your traditions, the ones that include children always seem to fill a room with laughter and wonderment. My four-year-old grandson, Carson, enjoys spending time at his Aunt Kelly’s because she always has something special for him to do. This past week they made a gingerbread house together.
Carson was amazed how icing could hold the walls together like glue and that different kinds of candy were the decorations. Kelly laughed when Carson asked if he could eat some. She in response, said, “Why, of course.” Those memories for both Carson and his Aunt Kelly will linger long after the gingerbread house disappears.
While traditions often include activities, events or beliefs that have been passed down through the years, it’s never to late for a family to start new ones. If you enjoy making gingerbread houses, perhaps next year you might want to participate in the National Gingerbread Contest held at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville. People from near and far bring their original designs to the event each year, hoping to win the highly acclaimed contest. This year the response was so great, with 156 entries, Grove Park Inn is partnering with local not-for-profit individuals and organizations, donating the houses where needed. These beautiful works of art will be on display at the Grove Park Inn through the holidays. To learn more, including design tips and recipes, click here.
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