So we got one of these DIY gingerbread house kits. It came with six pre-cut slabs of gingerbread, frosting mix, decorating bag/dispenser with nib, and various gumdrops and candies for the decorations.
This was my first time making a gingerbread house, and it was both fun and a pain the ass to put together.
For one thing, the wall sides have to be filed down if you want a good fit. Then you have to prop each cemented wall in place along the way until they stick, two at a time. Then deal with gravity, symmetry, and parallel lines as you stick things on to the side. Finally you carefully put it into the carrying box and bring it to the relatives' place with some roof damage.
And of course, after you do all of this, nobody wants to eat the house because, well, "it just looks too nice". Just like how nobody wants to be the first person to slice into a cake, or use "guest soap" in somebody's bathroom. So they thing just sits there. That's a piece of Christmas clutter that nobody thinks of: the gingerbread houses and other too-cute-to-use items. I knew this was going to happen though, so I was determined to be eating it by the end of the celebration day.
Smashing it was the best part. My brother has the video footage, which I'm sure I'll be incorporating into a next year's "card". Most of all, I do love gingerbread dunked in hot coffee or tea. I know I'll easily eat this whole house myself.
But again, over all we certainly had fun making it. It gave me a new appreciation for the skill it must take to get a picture-perfect looking gingerbread house. I'm sure next year's will be easier.
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