We decided to take part in one of the gingerbread decorating classes offered through the hotels here. The reality of me making gingerbread, icing, and finding candy all for one house and then trying to assemble it without being toppled by the 20 month old was pretty non-existent. It turned out to be a great morning filled with Christmas music, Christmas decor, candy, a visit from Santa and even an included lunch. It was a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.
Leoni eager to get started on the decorating
Pondering what "look" she would be going for
Adding various decorative elements, and yes, many went directly to the mouth (hers & Burke's)
Discovering a use for the leftover icing--sugar coma
A visit from Santa (Burke is more interested in his credentials)
Burke & Dad in front of the Christmas tree
More "smiles" in front of the tree
Leoni's creation wrapped and ready to take home
And, because I don't believe in letting good gingerbread go to waste, we started picking at the gingerbread house a couple days later. Both kids (and parents) have enjoyed tasty morsels of gingerbread while it is still soft and fresh even if it does look more like the rubble from a bombed out gingerbread house.