Yesterday, Gareth and I spent an afternoon attempting the festive activity of building and decorating a gingerbread house. I obviously can’t eat it due to my food intolerances (and to be honest I don’t think anyone will end up eating it), but it was hilarious to make!
We put on the festive tunes and began; it turns out that it’s actually a lot more difficult than it looks, so the fact we managed to get it to even hold together amazes me. I won’t tell you what to do because we made so many errors that it would probably be easier to explain what NOT to do. But, hey… we managed to assemble it and decorate it (the gold icing spray even made an appearance) – it could have ended up a lot worse.
If you do choose to build a gingerbread house with a friend, be prepared to set aside a good amount of time, make a mess, get frustrated, giggle a lot, wish you were Mary Berry, get confused, and ultimately finish feeling like you need a lie down after completing a massive challenge.
I am so glad that I’ve finally made a gingerbread house (well, put together at least) – a childhood dream fulfilled. Enhanced by the scent coming from my Dad making ‘mulled wine’ as I write this, today has felt like a very festive day.
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