My family is all about traditions around the holidays. To be honest, the more the merrier! We love decorating gingerbread houses every year and have made this a fun family tradition. Even if the houses fall apart, or the candy doesn’t stick just right, it’s still good! This year I’m sharing five ways to enjoy a gingerbread house this season, that go beyond just the traditional gingerbread kit at home. My hope is that it will bring your family, and friends, closer together.
Host a Gingerbread Decorating Party
If you’re feeling up for it, a gingerbread decorating party can be tons of fun and a great way for your family and friends to get together. There are a variety of ways you can do this. You can provide all the supplies and set up stations. Or consider having each person bring something to contribute to the houses. Set out snacks and drinks to make the day more fun, add in some holiday music and away you go!
Host a Virtual Gingerbread Decorating Party
2021 was the year of the virtual party so why not continue that tradition? If you’re not into hosting a gathering at home, consider going virtual instead. You might even have more people willing to attend. So send out the Zoom or FaceTime invitations, plan for everyone to have their supplies ready, and start the call on your chosen date. Technology has been a blessing for keeping us all connected this past year. We would love to continue to use it to our advantage this season!
Create an Online Competition
If your kids are a little bit older this can be the perfect option for you! Spend time decorating your houses. Then post them out on social media for your friends and family to weigh in with their votes. Remember not to tell anyone whose house is whose! Consider giving friends and family 24 hours to vote and then declare a Gingerbread House Champion!
Make Them Homemade
For the extremely brave it’s always fun to try a new challenge, like homemade gingerbread houses. We have never been this brave, I’m a store bought kind of Mom. If you are feeling brave here is a great recipe for homemade gingerbread houses.
This may sound a little crazy but the whole point of building a Gingerbread House, at least in our family, is that we have fun doing something together! So if you’re just looking to have fun, consider skipping the traditional gingerbread house and go your own way. Grab play-doh, build a lego home, use cardboard, the sky is the limit. They don’t have to be made out of gingerbread to bring some holiday cheer and fun family memories.