21 December 2009

I ♥ Faces - Week 50 : Holiday Traditions



As a “young” family, we are just starting our own family holiday traditions. We made our own Christmas cards last year and did it again this year. Josh also decided to make his own Christmas ornaments this time around and we had so much fun doing them that I can see us doing this every year.

We finally did the gingerbread house on Saturday. I am not sure if this will be a holiday tradition for us, only because it is not easy to get the gingerbread house kit around these parts, but it is something that both kids really enjoyed doing, so we’ll see. This is Zoë’s first gingerbread house and Josh’s second. Both had been looking forward to when we would do the gingerbread house ever since I bought it at the bazaar almost a month ago.

I divided up the sweets into separate containers for Josh and Zoë, so that they’d each have their own. I had had to add the M&M’s, ‘sugared worms,’ and the chocolate pieces, because the kit came with only a handful of gumdrops.

Initially, I was really worried that Zoë might not be able to restrain herself and might end up eating all the sweets instead of using them to decorate. Guess what? She did NOT eat a single piece of candy!!When Chris popped one in his mouth, she reminded him, “You don’t eat the candy, Daddy!” That said, she was rather reluctant to put the chocolate piece onto the icing and appeared to be thinking what a waste of fine chocolate it would be to just use it to decorate!


Zoë’s side of the houseZoë's side of the house


Josh’s side of the houseJosh's side of the house


They’ve both been pretty good while working on the kit,

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but as soon as the gingerbread house was done, little fingers kept “accidentally” touching the icing. They were hovering around the gingerbread house and eyeing the candies all night.

I caught Zoë with her little finger on the icing today and when I called her name, she froze, looked sideways at me and flashed me a sheepish grin. Still without removing her finger from the icing, she raised her eyebrows inquiringly and when I shook my head, she gave a smile and went away from the table. She was trying to see if she could disarm me with her sweet smile as she often could…

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There is something magical about children’s enjoyment of little things and it’s even more magical at this time of the year. The Christmas tree, getting a letter from Santa, the promise of Santa’s visit, the presents, the lights, the singing along to Christmas carols, saying ‘Happy Birthday’ to baby Jesus… This is “most favoritest” time of the year.

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27 COMMENTS:

Anita said...

What a nice way to spend time together with your family!
We've done a "foam" gingerbread house - the eatable ones are better! My kids have made them at school with graham crackers.

Elle Bee said...

I'm impressed with how nicely decorated the house is! Very good job Josh & Zoe!
It's my favoritest time of year too! :o)

Wanda said...

What a great idea - giving them each a side of the house to decorate. It's intereting that they are so much alike.

Lots of fun!

Mommy24cs said...

They did such a wonderful job on the gingerbread house!! So cute!

Sending you wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!!

smiles4u said...

There house turned out very nice. The fact that they didn't eat the candy while doing it is amazing! I cannot imagine my little lady being able to restrain herself since she adores candy. :)I love how serious they both look while working on it. They are too sweet! XX

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Yay Zoe for not eating the candy. That gives me hope that Baby Boo will do just as well. When is Zoe's birthday? Baby Boo's is March 31st.

I loved both sides of the house. You can see that they both put so much effort to create it just the way they wanted it to be.

Life with Kaishon said...

She is positively ADORABLE! Oh my gosh so sweet. I think I would have given in to that smile! I love your house. We are going to do one this week! As soon as break starts. Very excited about it : ) Oh yes we are!

Caroline said...

We've never done a gingerbread house - might try it one year (but I'd need to make more than one for all 7 to have some fun with it!). Lovely photos. Have a lovely Christmas :D !!
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Chamorrita Babe said...

What a great entry! I've never made a gingerbread house, you've inspired me and my husband to make our first one together! :)

Mele Kalikimaka/Merry Christmas from Hawaii..

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Great tradition. I wish we could do this but the dog would surely eat our creation.

Lindy said...

Love the holiday traditions!

And good to my word on my gingerbread post - come garbage day, they were gone!

Sarah Jones said...

What a cute house they made! Love the photos!

Drew said...

That is so sweet! I tried the gingerbread decorating one year. I don't think it will become a tradition in our house. What a job that is! :)

Jana said...

its so sweet, they did a wonderful job, I love gingerbread houses...they really make me hungry though =D

Bunch of Barrons said...

Looks like fun! I've never done the gingerbread houses, but would love to try it. :) Cute photos!

Menopausal New Mom said...

Those houses turned out beautiful and I wouldn't be able to keep my fingers out of the icing either. No way I could put one together without eating half the sweets. Well done!

Six Feet Under Blog said...

How cute! Love the house!

Colleen said...

What a lovely gingerbread house and sweet children too.

jen@odbt said...

They did a great job and I'm really impressed with their self control in not eating the candy. My kids ended up with more candy in their bellies than on the house.

Nezzy said...

Oh those little elves have the cuties smiles and know how to use them. What a fun time you must of had makin' memories. What a great mom you are!

Have a super day filled with sweet blessings!!!

Theta Mom said...

I am so impressed! Great photos!

Have a wonderful holiday!
xoxo

Alicia said...

They did a great job!!!

I know, they always look so yummy to just sit there untouched!

Vanessa said...

How fun! I always mean to do gingerbread houses with my kids but never quite make it. Maybe next year.

Marice said...

what a fun times! love it!

u may view mine here

4 Lettre Words said...

How lovely and fun!!

Run DMT said...

Gingerbread houses are one of our traditions too. It looks like your kids did a great job and didn't eat too much of the building materials. :-)

Cathy said...

I love the house! And the fact that they worked together on it. Oh and your kids are adorable :).

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