It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

For many years I’ve decorated gingerbread houses for Christmas. It started when the children were small, I bought them flat packed from Ikea and decorated them with sweets and icing. I started making them for friends until I was decorating around twenty each December. The aroma of twenty gingerbread houses would permeate through the house.

These days I just make two or three for our family and I still love the smell. These days I buy the kits from Morrisons supermarket, although the houses aren’t quite so decorative (no open windows or chimneys) I think the gingerbread is much nicer to eat and there’s a store very near to us!

My son, being a very mature 26 year old, wanted a Haribo one! I bought the pack of Haribos which seemed to have the smallest chews in them and also a pack of jelly tots…

…I don’t think I could have fitted many more sweets on if I tried!

I prefer a ‘simpler’ style with just icing and a few silver draghees (not sure what they’re called in other countries but they are those little silver balls which break your teeth if you’re not careful!!)

I like the snowy cottage look! The ‘icicles’ on the edge of the roof look very delicate but once they dry they are pretty solid, I used to drive them into Leeds in the boot of the car and I never had any break. The icing loops itself into a nice even curve so long as it is secured at either end. I make royal icing with egg white and a drop of lemon juice, so it holds it’s shape and dries firm.

We always had a family rule that the gingerbread houses couldn’t be eaten until Christmas Eve, in the days when I used Ikea houses I would make lattice windows from icing and the first things the children would do was stick their fingers through the windows! The houses would be slowly demolished over Christmas week. Of course there was one year which has gone down in family lore when the night before I was due to deliver all the houses, Helen (aged about 3 or 4) stuck her fingers through one window in two houses…I was up til about 2am making another two houses! Two friends got a surprise gingerbread house that year as I was determined that Helen wasn’t going to benefit from her vandalism! Happy memories!

So Christmas cakes are made, gingerbread houses decorated, just need to make some mince pies and I’ll be ready for Christmas!

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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7 Responses to It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

  1. endrickwater says:

    There’s a nice lady in North Yorks what makes and sells good gingerbread houses, complete with candy windows and doors that can be cut out. A group of us gals usually get together to decorate one of them each, but (alas!) not this year. I discovered the wonders of Jelly Tots years ago, too, not to mention gingerbread house “glue” in a tube — so useful for the occasional post-office inspired masonry cracks! Your houses are just perfect, though I do wonder about your definition of “simpler style”: it looks pretty fancy to me!

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  2. Jane M says:

    I think Morrisons could use your pictures to demonstrate just how different you could make their house, both gorgeous. And I love your story about Helen too

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  3. Sharon says:

    How fun! I have never made one but have loved going to gingerbread house displays 🙂

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  4. tinaor says:

    They look delicious! I cheated this year – our Christmas smells are coming from a candle downstairs and the bathroom soap upstairs – the bathroom soap smells like cinnamon, ginger, vanilla – scrumptious!

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  5. kathyreeves says:

    I wasn’t in the mood for icing gingerbread men this year so I made soft gingerbread “snowballs” instead! This morning was quick bread day: pumpkin, cranberry and blueberry. I made up some cookie plates for some of the neighbors, which was fun.


  6. Amanda says:

    You should see the ones my Littles did with their mum this year. 🤣🤣 Well they weren’t too bad for 4 and 6.

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