Gingerbread House Decorating Contest Tradition

My husband and I are part of what is called a “life group” at our church.   Basically we meet every week for accountability, prayer and time to encourage and push each other to live according to the Bible.   Obviously you grow quite close with the people in your group and really experience doing “life” together.   A tradition we have every year is that to close out our year we do an annual Gingerbread House Building and Decorating contest.

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Each family was given the same supplies:

a bag full of Royal Icing

starlight mints (red & green)

M&M’s pretzel sticks

pretzel squares

gummy bears

teddy grahams

2 sleeves of graham crackers

gummy rings

mini candy canes

Hershey Kisses

Fruit Slices

Cardboard covered in tin foil

We distribute all the supplies to the family and set the timer for 45 minutes.   The only rules are that you can’t use anything but what is on the table.   However, you can negotiate for more supplies with other families. You also must include your family members in the process, that even means frosting covered 2 year olds!

gingerbread house building contest Then we all talk smack about how each of us has the winning house while houses crumble, messes happen, and frosting and candy are everywhere.

gingerbread house decorating contest Some are in it to win it…

decorating gingerbread houses and some are just in it to eat the candy {giggle}.

DSC_0010-1 At the end I give every family (5 families in all) 5 slips of papers numbered 1-5.   They then place a number next to each family’s house with 5 being the best (note: you can’t give your own family a “5”).   Then the family with the most points wins.   This year they happened to win a $25 gift certificate to Chick-Fil-A.

This is a tradition our family looks forward to every year…even if we tie for 2nd place Winking smilewith our “American Dream” house.

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