As promised, I will now take this time to outline the gingerbread house making competition that my family had on Christmas Eve. It truly was an evening of surprises. My mother and nana, who I thought would do an excellent job, didn’t do quite as well. It wasn’t totally their fault because their kit broke on about four separate occasions.
Dad and Uncle Scott, on the other hand, did quite well. Their general approach to the house making seemed to basically involve loading their house with all available candy as decorations to create a kind of melange of sweetness.
Our brother and sister-in-law won in terms of landscaping (there was a jujube garden) and structural integrity (ie. theirs was the only house that remained fully in tact for any long amount of time. In fact, if Cam hasn’t eaten it yet, it’s probably still standing). The clementine slice that Cam stuck to the side of the roof was rather unique. And by unique, I of course mean pointless and strange.
Meanwhile, I am pleased to announce that Julia and I won in terms of design/theme. Instead of the classic Zombie Yuletide, we decided on Santa’s workshop. We went to Bulk Barn and bought copious amounts of holiday-themed candies and some that even looked like miniature presents. But then, when it actually came time to build the house, we realized that the kit came with a tiny gingerbread person and fellow gingerbread snowman. Obviously that meant that we had to change our theme. And thus was born the Hansel and Gretel Gingerbread Masterpiece of 2012.
Hope your holidays were as wonderful and successful as ours!
~ Hilary Lyon Axle Hatchet