Saturday, December 20, 2008

Decorating for Christmas

Some of my favorite memories of Christmas involve decorating things; cookies, gingerbread houses, that kind of stuff. I have to admit, one of the things I was most looking forward to doing when I became a Mom was decorating cookies at Christmas with my kids. I am trying to take advantage of it while they are still young enough to enjoy it.
This year we did what has become an annual tradition, a Gingerbread House Decorating Party. It's usually pretty low key, and I get the kits from Costco and let the kids do their thing. How it usually goes down is the kids just hang out for about fifteen minutes decorating (but really it's more about sneaking the candy) and then lose interest and the Moms finish up. It's a lot of fun for all of us. Here's some pictures:

It really is hard to say what the best part of decorating gingerbread houses is; the decorating or the unsupervised bowls of candy.

Janell got all ambitious and made her own gingerbread house. She had some trouble with the roof, but it was nothing a little caulking and glue couldn't solve.

Even with all the candy consumption, the final product turned out pretty good, and then the kids watched some Christmas specials while the Moms cleaned up and talked.

Later that same day Steve's parents (a.k.a Granny and Grampy) visited from Arizona and Granny brought her special Christmas cookie cutters to make her traditional Christmas Sugar Cookies with the boys:

Jack enjoying the big and little gingerbread men, and helping Granny roll out the dough.

Max and Jack each got to do their own tray of cookies and decorate them however they wanted.

Isn't this what Christmas is all about? Food, fun, and memories with the people you love the most.