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This Old Gingerbread House 
Dec. 11, 2009 10:38 am 
Updated: Jan. 5, 2010 2:42 pm
Yes, I promised my son a gingerbread house for Christmas but no, I couldn't face another round of baking. So in the spirit of reuse, recycle, renew I simply redecorated this year's Halloween gingerbread house with a Christmas theme. Goodbye to ghosts and bats. Hello to white icing and sugar crystals.

The best part? The Great Gingerbread Renovation Project dispelled the Grinchy gloom that had been lurking around my home and kick-started the holiday cheer.

For one thing, it brought out the little kid in my 14-year-old son. You know how it is at that age. Aloof, disengaged, too cool for kid stuff. But when he saw what I was up to, he got right in there with me, making suggestions and choosing little animals to place around the grounds.

For another thing, even my husband got into the spirit. He's a quiet man on any day, but early December usually finds him downright morose. (Don't ask.) But suddenly he was all about icicles hanging from the eaves and snow on the windowsills. Sure, he edited our son's wild kingdom down to a pair of bears and a white wolf (no, you can't put an elk, an eagle, a bunny, and a baby seal out there, too) and he even held the wreath against the house while the royal icing set up. Then he helped fill in the snow on the ground and sprinkled sugar crystals around the trees. By then he was humming Christmas carols.

And me? I looked on with quiet satisfaction and cleaned up after the two of them. (And sneaked the Abominable Snowman onto the roof.)

So, what does it take to get your household into the spirit? Are you into it on day one or does it take a while to build? I can tell you that building something together saved our own holiday this year!

Thanks for the visit, and happy holidays to you!
The Great Gingerbread Renovation Project.
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Find the Abominable Snowman.
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Bears in the side yard.
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Wolf in the backyard.
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Before: Halloween House 2009
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Dec. 11, 2009 10:52 am
wow, beautiful renovation! Treacherous neighborhood with all the bears and wolves and abominable snowmen. Santa appears to be in some jeopardy there! But perhaps the bears are full from having eaten all the reindeer.
Dec. 11, 2009 11:37 am
Well done! Glad you had that special time with your guys. Sounds like you all had a great time and got to share in the decorating ideas. Merry Christmas!
Dec. 12, 2009 1:58 am
Great photos! I too start feeling the blues in early December, so Christmas spirit is a little hit or miss around my household!
Dec. 16, 2009 9:20 am
Hi Foodie! I LOVE IT! Sadly, that is one tradition I didn't grow up with and didn't really participate with my kids. My step-mother and sister-in-law however have had it in their childhoods and have carried it on for years. Every year at Thanksgiving for the last,.... at least 15 years.... it has been the activity for the kids,(thank you Aunt Dianne) while we all are busy tending to dinner prep or football games. As the years have gone on, the houses are far more detailed and artistic. They do have a ways to go before their creations look anything like your beautiful scene.
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