By Janet from Long Island NY
Editor's Note: We were unable to get these pictures up before Christmas but wanted to share them as inspiration for next year.
These are absolutely beautiful. I know how much time they take to make, and I'm amazed that you do it every year. After admiring them for decades, I decided to make a gingerbread house one season. I took months finalizing my plans, buying candies, etc. When I was putting it together, I used cans from my cupboard to hold the walls until the icing dried. It took me days to get it all done. To make a long story short, I totally built and decorated my house, only to realize that I'd left a can of soup inside it. There was no way I was going to allow anyone to break the house open to retrieve the can. I planned to let the house dry out completely, seal it with sealer, and use it as a decoration every year -- forget the can of soup. Well, it gets really hot in the summer here, and after a summer or two in storage, all my candies softened and melted and the house was a mess. At least I got a can of soup out before tossing it! I've not made another one since that fiasco.
Thanks for the inspiration. This is a tradition I have thinking about starting with my girls (ages 3 & 9). I will start next year. I guess the part about starting simple is the best advice. I know what to do, just getting started.
These are beautiful! What a nice tradition to pass down!
They are truely out of this world; what I noticed most was that the bases were shaped naturally; never thought of that!I started making them when my kids were little and now my son routinely makes one with his kiddies, as doe's my son-in-law; gotta love those traditions!!Happy New Year, 1027 Debbie
Hello. My daughter and I have this same tradition. Her and I have been making gingerbread houses since she was very small. She is now 19. She loves it . And so do I. We hot glue our pieces together when putting the sides up. We know that we wont be eating it so it doesn't matter.
Susan, I love stories like that! LOL. Sort of like building a boat in your basement and then can't get it out because it is too big! I am surprised you tried another after that fiasco! I guess all thrifty fun readers are tenacious!
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