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12 Days of Christmas Tradition ~ Day 5

One of the reasons I love the Christmas holiday is the traditions.

I love reviving old family traditions, and making new ones.  I love remembering fondly the things that I did as a child at Christmas time and the things I couldn’t wait to do again.

As an adult, I get to make sure our family participates in our traditions and make new ones.

One tradition that has expanded over the years is our Gingerbread House Day.

all the little houses

all the little houses

Some of my cousins have started competing with each other for the highly coveted status of ‘Top Shelf’.  It is given out by their mom, she puts her favorite house on the top of bookshelf in her living room. 


There is some sabotage, and a lot of trash talking, but fun is had by all.


This year we put together 18 houses for decorating.  This causes my mom’s house to get really full.


Ian was so excited and had a great time decorating.

mama, yook at my house. it's a bad guy house, it has blasters and bombs

mama, yook at my house. it’s a bad guy house, it has blasters and laser guns


Sid had a great time eating candy off the floor.


In case you were wondering who won….

My Aunt sent a message to all her kids telling them theirs was her favorite.

She is a genius.

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What are your Christmas Traditions?


12 Days of Christmas Tradition Dec. 19

Every year my mom hosts Gingerbread House Day.  This day to decorate gingerbread houses has morphed into a friendly family competition with the building and decorating more than a dozen houses.

The competitive portion came about through my cousins.  My aunt has a set of shelves that she would place the houses on each level with her favorite on the top shelf.  The honor of  “Top Shelf” is now coveted by all (even though she doesn’t take home all the houses).

This was Baby Sid’s first time, although he didn’t participate.  Ian really got into the decorating this year.



Ian would have help with applying the frosting but the candy placement was all him.  He was there when I put the houses together a couple of days before the event.  He helped put together some houses so we were able to talk about decorating them, which helped to build the suspense.

It will be nice to see how his decorating skill progress over the years.



How many gingerbread houses do you build each year?


Happy Building & Decorating



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