The Countdown to Christmas is on—23 days until Christmas.
This week, I have assisted/supervised the construction of many gingerbread houses. My girls’ Scout troops each entered a gingerbread house competition. Brenia’s troop made a gingerbread village—so each of the girls could design their own house. Stacia’s troop is attempting a gingerbread mansion—you know, because bigger is better!
I did not do this inexpensively.
All week long, I’ve had woulda, coulda, shoulda moments—things I would do differently next time. Things I could have done this time. Things I should have done to save money on the project. And, so, I share them with you in hopes that you can enjoy this fun, frugal Christmas tradition with your own kids!
- Gingerbread house kits are less expensive than pre-made houses. It is not difficult to put the pieces together your self, and it takes only 15-20 minutes to set well enough for decorating.
- Leftover Halloween candy doubles as decoration.
- Most of the kits already come with a lot of candy—don’t go overboard buying extras.
- Do not—I repeat, do not—take the kids with you to pick out supplies. Just buy inexpensive candy of your own choice, and they’ll have a blast with it anyway.
- The gingerbread & candy should be edible for about a week after. Take your pictures, enjoy it for a day or two and then start nibbling. Candy is for eating!
- A can of frosting, a box of graham crackers & any candy you have around the house can provide an hours worth of entertainment for younger kids.
Then, there’s the idea of making a gingerbread house from scratch—there are dozens of gingerbread recipes out there, and it certainly sounds frugal. I just haven’t attempted it myself. Does anyone make their own gingerbread or are you decorating one a professional has baked?