Every year we make gingerbread cookies and a gingerbread house for Christmas. We've been doing this for as long as I can remember. Our once small children, now grown up, seem to enjoy it as much today as they did years ago. And our grandchildren are starting to share in the excitement as well.
Gingerbread invokes the feeling of Christmas, even when we are simply enjoying Flemish spice cookies, Speculoos, on a Delta flight anytime of the year. Incidentally, the Lotus factory that makes Speculoos cookies is located about a 15 minute drive from where we live -- making our family tradition that much more, appropriately, international.
Some gingerbread houses we have made over the years:
I keep thinking of the song, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" as I watch our family interact around the baking, making and taking-apart gingerbread houses. That is our wish for you. We hope that you had a blessed and merry Christmas -- and we also hope that you have a happy New Year!