Gingerbread houses have always been something of a tradition for us.
Here is the one we made this year.
Aside from the house itself, I'm in love with the miniature scene taking place around it. It looks like the very gingerbread house that first tempted Hansel and Gretel. Of course if you know anything about the Brothers Grimm you would know that today marks the 200th anniversary of the first Grimm's Fairy-tale collection being in print! So it only made sense to share our storybook confection today of all days.
I am a huge fan Jacob and Wilhelm! A Happy "Birthday" from me!
Mama and I had so much fun putting the whole thing together, we listened to our favorite holiday tunes while the frosting flew! One of my favorite parts about this particular ginger house is the deer frolicking everywhere.
(Take notice of the one on the roof in the top photo!)
All of the tiny details are what make it my favorite house we've ever done! The Oreos make for a yummy cobblestone pathway, while a wheat broomstick rests against the house. Even acorn tops made an appearance on top of peppermints. Pinecone trees and a sugar-cone candy forest topped with gumdrops envelope the scene as it unfolds.
On top of everything else, I can't get over how the two "lights" on the front look like eyes and the door a appears to be a mouth! It's as if the entire thing is coming to life.
Then after it gets dark we turn on the lights, and oh it is something to behold! It's like walking on the pages of a well written book!
Just more proof that you never outgrow the fun things you enjoyed doing as a child!