I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed spending time with your family. We were able to go home for about 3 days and it was wonderful. We love being able to spend time with family. Baby W had his first Christmas and although he isn’t old enough to enjoy it, we sure enjoyed being able to reflect on the birth of that sweet baby Jesus. Along with the traditions of watching Christmas Vacation on Thanksgiving Night, A Christmas Story on Christmas Eve, reading the Nativity Story from the book of Luke, and many other Christmas traditions, my family has always made gingerbread houses. We have always made them the same way: graham crackers and melted sugar. Always. Its a Christmas tradition.
The purpose of using this method is it results in a house that can withstand a hurricane. No longer will the sides of your house fall in while trying to decorate, this stuff is stronger than nails. You simply melt regular sugar in a saute pan over medium heat. When sugar is brown and bubbly, dip the edges of your graham crackers in and assemble before sugar hardens. Avoid contact with all skin.
Along with the tradition of doing our graham cracker houses this way, is the tradition of burning our fingers and melting a plastic spoon. So if I was you I would not allow children near the stove and I would use a wooden spoon. We always place our houses on cardboard covered with tin foil. We traditionally use the same candy year after year so it gets old and hard and just plain old white frosting.
We use any and all decorating techniques. This year my sister rocked the gingerbread world with her pretzel cabin.
I look like the Easter Bunny tried to convert over to Christmas, with my pastel colored roof
A favorite from years past:
Give it a try and maybe the burned fingers, melted spoon, and indestructible brown edged houses will become a tradition for you too