Gingerbread House Fail 2017

Gingerbread House Fail 2017

Another holiday season, another gingerbread house fail. This is what I imagine our gingerbread house will look like …

This is what it actually looks like …

 

So there’s no fighting, every year, I let each kid pick a side to decorate. (If I’m lucky, I’ll get the back of the house or the roof. My husband gets nothing and likes it.) We all work on the house at the same time. The rule is no one can peek at the other person’s side until everyone is finished decorating. Then comes time for the big reveal!

Here’s my three-year-old’s side …

A little sparse, probably because most of the frosting and candy she had to work with went into her stomach.

Here’s what was supposed to be MY side, until she took over …

And finally, here’s my 11-year-old’s side …

What can I say? The boy loves to draw scissors.

I’ll display the gingerbread house on the dining room table for a couple weeks. Then, on the day before we’re to have guests over for our annual Christmas party, a terrible tragedy will befall the gingerbread house. Mom will “accidentally” knock over the house while dusting, or vacuuming, or drinking a glass of wine. I’ll explain to the kids that while I tried hard to put the house back together, in the end, it was a total loss.

Of course, I’ll swear that it will never, ever happen again. (Until next year.) There will be some tears, sure, but they will stop when I just happen to find extra chocolate left over from the advent calendar. If the chocolate doesn’t appease them, I’ll offer them each five dollars. And if that doesn’t work, I’ll promise to make a special trip to Costco the day after Christmas to pick up a discounted Hanukkah house, which I’ll let them decorate and display on the dining room table until the day before our New Year’s Eve party, when tragedy will strike once again.


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