24 Days of Christmas: Day 12

Gingerbread! We do gingerbread every year. Sometimes we make gingerbread men with friends, sometimes we make gingerbread cookies, this year we made a gingerbread house.

When I say “we”, I actually mean Will and the kids. I bought a kit and as usual planned to build it with the family in between the other things in our busy schedule.

Jordan and Cam had their swimming lessons in the morning. Will took them to swimming while I stayed home with Lincoln. Soon after they came home we had lunch, then it was gingerbread house time.

Lincoln was asleep when we started opening the kit. We didn’t even have the pieces out of the box when he started to cry. Usually, he would be able to sit at the table with us and be perfectly content. Not today. Today, he needed Mama cuddles and to be nursed. So I took Lincoln to the living room to tend to him while Will and the other 2 kids worked on the gingerbread house.

It was some much needed Daddy time for them. I am lucky enough to get to spend time with my kids at home. Will has a full time job. Being a nurse means varying hours and a lot of catching up on sleep during his days off. It’s extra special for the kids to spend time building and creating with their Dad. Will “glued” the pieces together with icing and the kids got to decorate with all the candy and sprinkles.

Any activity can be a teaching opportunity. Building a gingerbread house together teaches the kids how to work as a team. It also shows them that our family is their team. It allows for creativity and fun while working on patterns and fine motor skills. There is sharing and planning involved and there is a great sense of accomplishment for them to see the finished product.

They did a fabulous job. The kids giggled while they sneaked a few candies. They were very patient waiting for the icing to dry when necessary. It smells amazing. Cam is constantly reminding us that she “can’t wait to eat our gingerbread house!” Now we have a nice centerpiece for the holidays and we can’t wait to eat it either.


If you missed the beginning of the series check out the posts below, and don’t forget to follow along right up to Christmas!

Introduction: Why we are doing a family advent calendar

Day 1: Santa’s Anonymous

Day 2: Decorating the Tree

Day 3: Visit Santa at the Mall

Day 4: Family Movie Night

Day 5: Sock Snowmen

Day 6: The Ferris Wheel

Day 7: Diabetes Disaster and Fun with Paint

Day 8: Treats for the Teachers

Day 9: Colouring with the Family

Day 10: Christmas Cards?

Day 11: School Movie Night

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