There isn’t any better time of year than Christmas to establish fun traditions with your grandchildren. And these fun traditions will strengthen and build good relationships – as long as Grandma doesn’t get stressed out thinking that everything has to be perfect!
Making gingerbread houses has been a Christmas tradition with my children that I would like to carry on with my grandchildren. I’m including a pattern here for a simple gingerbread house, directions on making the gingerbread, the frosting, and constructing the house.
Here are two pictures of my son, Tyler, my daughter, Christi, and my niece, Emily, with their completed gingerbread houses. These pictures were taken back in 1999 when the Y2K scare was high. Notice on the back side of one of the houses (the picture of the back side of the houses and the back side of the kids!) that they drew ‘Y2K’ in frosting!
If you don’t have the time (or the desire) to make the gingerbread for your house, graham crackers will work just fine! Use the frosting recipe (included in the directions) that I share with you here because it will harden and hold your house together – whether it’s graham cracker or gingerbread!
These patterns are PDF files that you can download, print, and then use to help you cut out your homemade gingerbread.
Have fun making a gingerbread house with the grandkids!