On Christmas Eve, we hung out with two families of close friends in our neighborhood. It was a really fun night. One of the highlights was helping the children make gingerbread houses.
N had been eyeing the gingerbread house kits at JoAnn's and Michael's this year, but I had never slowed down long enough to buy one. Then I saw this great post on Pinterest about making gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and decided we had to make some. I bought and cut the graham crackers, bought chocolate bark, white icing and lots of candy. It is really easy to cut the graham crackers (see the link above to get the details). The other important tip I learned was to use melted chocolate bark to hold the houses together. It sets up in less than 10 minutes versus the 24 hours that some icings take.
As you can see, everyone had a lot of fun making their house unique.
J made his a "bird house"--thus all the toothpicks sticking out. Those are for the birds to sit on.
Anyway, if you are looking for a fun and easy way to make gingerbread houses, I highly recommend this tutorial.
I hope we will continue this new gingerbread house-making tradition for many Christmas Eve's to come.