Warning! This post is insanely picture-heavy!
For over 25 years now (almost 30!), my family has made a gingerbread house every year for Christmas. We started in 1985 when I was just 2 years old, and continued since then, only missing 2 years- 1988 when my sister was born and 2002 when we went to Walt Disney World for Christmas.
These aren’t your normal every day “kit” gingerbread houses either (not that I’m knocking them!)- each year my mom and I pour over gingerbread books and magazines (and in recent years, websites and Pinterest) for ideas and themes. We then pick a design and her and my dad draft the plans for it. We then spend nearly an entire day making the dough, rolling it out, baking, trimming and all that jazz. The gingerbread then needs to set for a few days to fully harden to make the sturdiest house possible. Our designs differ every year – we’ve had A-frames, churches and chalets, chimneys, curtains and 3D bow windows, and in recent years we even began to light them up from the inside!
Part of our tradition is that we bake two houses- one for ourselves, and one for another family. We pick a different family every year to come over and decorate with us.
This is the first year that I’m not going to be home for the holidays, but you can bet that I’ll still be carrying on our tradition with my husband! In anticipation for our decorating party this weekend, I thought I’d share the past 29 years of gingerbread!
(PS- if you love old pictures- this post is for you- at least half of them are scanned in from film! You can tell when I started to get into photography in 2006ish– the pictures begin to really look good then!)
If anything, I hope this post gives you some ideas for your house this year- maybe it was how we used different cereal for our roof, or the different materials we’ve used for shutters or pathways or even fencing each year! Which house is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! If we inspired you, I’d love to see what you come up with- leave me a comment or post it on my wall on Facebook. If you’re on Instagram, follow me @SewIn2Disney and tag me in your picture so I can see it! Don’t forget to use hashtag #handmadeisbetter !
Without further adu- our houses…through the years!