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We have a holiday tradition in our family that both kids have ranked as one of their favorites. They ask me to put it on the advent calendar every year.
We combine all of our fun gingerbread Christmas activities into one awesome day.
Gingerbread Day Activities
Read The Gingerbread Boy
I love any excuse to add books to an activity and this is a natural fit.
Bake gingerbread cookies
I like to bake using healthy ingredients so that I can say yes to cookies for breakfast.
These gingerbread men from Elena’s Pantry are easy to make and taste delicious. The dough does need to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours, so mix up the dough before moving on to other fun Gingerbread Day activities.
This year we branched out from just gingerbread people. Grandma and Pappy brought us Yellowstone cookie cutters after their trip this summer so we added them in with the standard Christmas cookie cutters. We made gingerbread people, buffalo, moose, bears, and evergreen trees. They are decorated with unsweetened coconut, pecans, raisins, and sprinkles.
Decorate a gingerbread house
Pre-built gingerbread houses are worth the extra few dollars! My mom always made amazing gingerbread houses from scratch, but I didn’t inherit that gene. I have zero gingerbread architect skills so our houses always collapse . . . usually while we are still adding candy. The pre-built houses take all of the frustration out of this activity.
This is also a really good time to use up any leftover Halloween candy. The candy that is left over at this point is stuff that we don’t really like, so this is a fun way to finally make the treat bucket disappear. I couldn’t resist buying these marshmallow gingerbread people though.
My favorite part of this year’s gingerbread house is the Tootsie Roll firewood by the back door.
Take a GINGERBREAD walk
We had shockingly nice weather on Gingerbread Day this year so we added a walk to our annual routine. Sunny December days in Washington can not be wasted.
We turned this walk around our neighborhood into a Gingerbread Day activity by looking for items that begin with the letters in the word ‘gingerbread’.
Here is what we noticed this year:
G – green
I – igloo
N – nine
G – garage
E – eight
R – rocks
B – bunny
R – roof
E – electric lights
A – airplane
D – door
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