I think we’ve done a gingerbread creation of some sort or another for 19 years in a row, since the year our daughter was born. So while the rush before the holidays can sometimes overwhelm, not other commitments, sickness or natural disaster has ever gotten in the way. I must be honest and say I thought the tradition would die when our daughter headed off to college (just like I thought it would wane when she headed off for high school) but old habits die hard.
It’s a really tiny effort this year, but between this tableau and ginormous decorated gingerbread cookies all over our home, it smells distinctly like Christmas. This year, I decided to use some cloches to highlight some miniature gingerbread houses. Not much candy, but I did use some dismantled pine cones for shingle like decor on the roof of one of the houses, to terrific results.
We also focused on little figures with dogs (we have several) as a tribute to Ginger, our roughly 86 year old brown labrador that seems to be slowing down just a bit this holiday season.
Fresh and ceramic pine cones, little christmas trees, icing “snow” and little touches like a “Coke” cart mean we have a Gingerbread tableau, even if it meant we only used 1/10th of the gingerbread we prepared with earlier plans of a grander Downton Abbey or similar challenging building. Maybe next year.
Nice wired plaid ribbons were put around the arrangement, and actually, it was quite festive. The tableau sits on top of a glass table with old specimen shells displayed underneath.
Here are some of the decorated gingerbread cookies displayed around the house for holiday cheer and that wonderful spicy fragrance they give off for days and days.
Gingerbread creations from previous years here: