Sunday, December 21, 2008

Santa's Sleigh and the Reindeer

We just cleaned up from one of those projects that starts off as a family event and end up with Mom & Dad creating an engineering miracle. Actually, Dad created the engineering miracle. I was just in charge of the messy, messy frosting bag.

For the past few years, we've put together a gingerbread house with the girls. They loved it, so this year, when I found a gingerbread sleigh and reindeer, I immediately ordered it. It sat in the original, unopened box under our tree until today. The weather here is miserable -- blowing snow, freezing sub-zero wind chills, howling wind that shakes the house. It is a great day for an indoor project. So, we pulled out all the pieces and started to decorate. The girls opened all the candies, while Dad read the directions. Yes, it came with extensive, detailed directions.

The girls decorated the sleigh pieces and the reindeer with the white frosting and candies. Once they were done with all the pieces, we sent them upstairs to play. It was clear the best thing for everyone was for them to get out of our way. Now the real fun began. We had to "glue" the sleigh together with frosting and figure out how to make the reindeer stand up. There was powdered sugar frosting, sprinkles and candies everywhere. An hour later, we have a beautiful gingerbread decoration. It will look great for the various Christmas parties we're hosting during the next week.

Oh, and if anyone asks, it was soooo easy to put together. No mess. No fuss. It's our little secret, okay?


tashabud said...

I don't envy your bad weather there. But it sure is a nice time to huddle inside the house to make a ginger bread house. It's something your children and you will always remember, doing together as a family.

My kids and I made one ages ago. I remembered it being so time consuming. We had to actually bake the different pieces first. But it was okay because, at the time, I was a stay-at-home mom.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all of you. Stay warm.


Julie K said...

LOL... we did the exact same thing yesterday while staying huddled indoors. My son and I made our annual gingerbread house (I take a picture of him with our creation and have them in a frame as a holiday decoration). Though ours was not as elaborate as yours... it was challenge enough (I chose the Wilton kit this year - note to self, don't chose that kit next year - hardest kit I've ever used... nothing lined up. They show a lovely wreath made of cut up gum-drop mint leaves... ours not so lovely - I'll blame the 5 year old). One thing about having dogs... the little candies that fall on the floor don't stay there long. Messy, messy frosting actually stayed pretty much on the table (I have a plastic mat that originally was for under a highchair that I put on our kitchen table for painting or messy projects... works like a charm for easy clean up). My son wore his art smock. Our decoration is done, but we're thinking of making more frosting to add a 3-d snowman (we'll see)... maybe we'll make him of frosting and marshmallows. Enjoy the holidays!

This Crazy Thing Called Motherhood said...

Isabel was supposed to decorate a gingerbread house this past Friday, which was the last day of school before winter break, but she got sick Thursday night and we discovered she had an ear infection in each she missed out on doing it.