This year we started a new tradition. Gingerbread house making/contest. It cameabout when talking with Devon about there traditions and she was sharing how how it is to miss out on her first yera of traditions. Around thanksgiving they have a gingerbread making contest that has lasted through the years. I remember doing them as a kid, my mom would invite my friends over and we would make our houses together. My mom sounds muc like Devon’s they made the gingerbread and everything from scratch.
So we set out to the continue the tradition here in INdia with our new family the Salisbury’s. I figured that making the gingerbread with adjustable ingrediants and a convection microwave would be a fail and learn adventure. But it all worked out great! the gingerbread even tasted good! which was a surpris eto me cause Devon had to grate fresh ginger, and I had to crush our cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves with a mortor and pestle… This is India!
only wanting to make two batches, we decided on having the girls against the boys. It was great for the kids join teams and work together. Arwyn had her own artistic flair and malachi served as the supervisor/encourager for his team.
The gents were pretty creative with a smow bank and sled, a pool or frozen pond(?) a Narnia style light pole, and the dirt path that Malachi made with broken cookie. Notice they had a LIVE fireplace complete with a realhouse fire by the end of the night!
They even were inspired to have “yellow snow” from a a little toy tiger, notice the position of the tigers leg…
With 4 girls and 4 boys, we voted and SURPRISE ended up with a tie.
We had so much fun and can’t wait to do it again next year! Maybe with more competitors in our competition!