Christmas Activity: Gingerbread House
I have the perfect activity for a family movie night this holiday season. First off, your home must be fully decorated for the season, stockings hung, a fire needs to be roaring (if you have a fireplace), and mugs must be filled with all sorts of chocolate and marshmallows. Everyone needs to have a sit together and cuddle together under a blanket and pop in a great holiday family movie.
But, before you sit down and begin the cuddles, you need to get your kiddos in the holiday spirit. One could bake holiday cookies in all holiday shapes or you could build a Gingerbread House! I’m sharing one of my children's all time favorite Christmas Activity: Gingerbread Houses! I began this tradition when my kids were really young and we haven't missed a year since.
Christmas Activity: Gingerbread House
The holidays are all about creating lasting memories with our families, especially for our children. We all have so many memories and I can't wait for my kids to be able to share this tradition when they are old enough.
I love to see what ideas my kids come up with from one year to the next. Each year I try to do something a bit different, so we are not always creating the same old gingerbread house. One year we made an entire tiny village of tiny gingerbread houses. The next year we made one big house with an entire family of gingerbread men. Another year, we created a gingerbread train that was full of tiny presents for my kids.
There is so much creativity that comes out of my children when they have a vision for their gingerbread house and I love that with this one family Christmas activity we are creating happy, lasting memories.
So everyone knows the best things about Christmas sweets is eating them, but my kids think it is more fun to decorate with them. Making a gingerbread house is a fun holiday activity for all ages when the family is gathered together for a holiday movie night.
Get Decorations Together
Once the gingerbread house wall and roof pieces are put together with royal icing, they are ready for decorating. Royal icing is really the best for securing the gingerbread houses together and later for decorating because it drys well and pretty fast.
Some of my kid's favorite essentials to use when decorating a gingerbread house are listed below. My kids are all different when decorating, one uses every single piece of candy that is available. One kiddo is a minimalist and the last one is right in the middle. Simply use as many as you like is my motto.
Gingerbread House Decorating Accessories
- candy canes
- chocolate candy pieces
- lolly pops
- sweet tarts
- chocolate or strawberry wafer cookies
- hard peppermint candy
- fruit strips
- jelly beans
- rock sugar
- sugar pearls
- flat chocolate
This gingerbread family activity is so easy and sweet your kids will want to build a whole gingerbread house village! Everyone could build their dream house or you could host a theme each year. Like Victorian, Village, Ranch, Georgian, or a Farm.
Get your family together this holiday and have a Gingerbread House Decorating Party and finish up with a Family Movie Night In. Have a Christmas movie night with the entire family. Classic holiday movies are a holiday season must.
Have a Happy Holiday Family Movie Night with Angels Sing
Find Angels Sing on your local Hallmark TV Channel or purchase the DVD at your favorite retailer. Sit down, cuddle up, turn on all the holiday lights, pop some popcorn, make hot cocoa and enjoy this great family movie for the holiday season.
Kick off the holiday season with the perfect holiday family movie night in for the entire family watching Angels Sing after you have all decorated the perfect gingerbread house. This Hallmark Hall of Fame-style family movie, Angels Sing, stars Harry Connick Jr. and Connie Britton. They are the leads in this great family holiday movie that also features Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and a variety of other Texas music stars like Dale Watson, Sara Hickman, Kat Edmonson, Marcia Ball, Charlie Sexton, Miss Lavelle White and Ray Benson. Also in the cast is Kris Kristofferson and Fionnula Flanagan.
I pretty much adore Harry Connick Jr and Connie Britton, so I was super excited to sit down and watch this with my kids. I have been a fan of Harry Connick Jr for decades and even took my son (whilst he was still in my belly) to see Harry in concert.
Angels Sing is sentimental, funny and takes place in Texas. I have to say, after living in the Midwest my entire life, that I truly want to experience the holiday sin Texas now! Especially if I can livein the Live Oaks neighborhood and partake in the "Live Oak Lane’s Trail of Lights," renowned for its lavish Christmas displays that were showcased on an Oprah Winfrey special. My daughters totally agree with me!
ANGELS SING tells the story of Michael Walker who wished every day could be Christmas, until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later, Michael still can't muster any joy for the holidays, despite encouragement from his playful wifeand well intentioned parents. When his young son faces a tragedy, Michael needs to make amends with his past. A mysterious man gives Michael a gift and instills in him the courage to find the joy that he lost.
Have a Happy Holiday Movie Night with Angels Sing!
Disclosure: I received the DVD and compensation to facilitate this post. All opinions are 100% my own.