Christmas Traditions – New and Old

Every year, my daughter and I make Christmas sugar cookies.  It’s one of our favorite traditions.201

This year, during one of our numerous trips to Target, my daughter found a gingerbread house kit on the holiday aisle.  We’ve always wanted to make one, so we thought this cute looking kit would be just the thing.

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The first step was to put some royal icing into the base.139

Next you have to run icing along the sides in order to the “glue” the house together.143

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Then comes the roof.157

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Now for the fun part – decorating!!179

The only bad thing about the kit was the icing and the bag.  It was a little unwieldy…182

…but I got out my legit cookie decorating stuff and then we went to town!184

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It turned out CUTE!  Oh wait, a few finishing touches.191

There.  Now it’s perfect.

We had so much fun making this house.  A delightful break in the middle of the holiday frenzy. 

And I have to say…I am very proud of myself for setting aside my perfectionist hang-ups.  I’m sure my haphazardly decorated Santa would not pass muster with the likes of Martha Stewart, but I don’t even care.  It was a wonderful, special day.  And really, isn’t that the point?  A lesson I am s..l..o..w..l..y trying to learn.

Peace, Kelly

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About Minding My Nest

wife, mom, not-so-empty nester.
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