If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know that on Thanksgiving - after the turkey has been eaten and tucked away in the refrigerator - we make gingerbread houses. It's been an Annual Thing since my kids were tiny. Over the years, we've shared this tradition with friends and various family members.
Last week, I did a quick calculation. I think that, over the years, I have baked just under 70 gingerbread houses!
But what happens when that family tradition . . . unravels???? As in . . . can a gingerbread house even happen if there is no one around to make it?
I thought long and hard about it.
At first, I thought about baking the pieces and shipping them (along with candy and the recipe for frosting) out to my kids. Kind of . . . a gingerbread house in "kit" form. But then I realized . . . it wasn't my kids going on about what-will-we-do-if-we-can't-make-gingerbread-houses-on-Thanksgiving. It was me. So I nixed that idea. (I don't need to foist MY traditions on them.)
And then, I thought about inviting one of my artsy friends over to make gingerbread houses some afternoon. We could have a glass of wine and get fired up about our creations. But I didn't really feel like doing that, either.
I decided to just . . . let this one go. To realize that, like the Annual Father's Day Croquet Tournament before it, it was time to just let this tradition go.
But then, I got to thinking about what I would do with the space on the bookshelf where I usually placed my gingerbread house amidst the holiday décor.
I got to thinking that . . . well . . .it might actually be kind of fun to make one just for myself!
So I did!
While, initially, it made me a teeny tiny bit sad . . . that didn't last long at all! I thought about all the fun times we'd had with the gingerbread houses over the years. My kids when they were small. Erin's friends as she grew older. My mom. Introducing the tradition to Keith and then to Lauren. (Let me tell you -- there are good memories and lots of love baked right into that Pampered Chef gingerbread house mold!)
And then . . . I plugged in to the newest Louise Penny Three Pines mystery . . . and let 'er rip!
Merry and bright, indeed!
Joining Kat and friends today for Unraveled -- even though I'm not unraveling anything fiber-like. Be sure to stop in over at Kat's to see what everyone else is unraveling!