Have you every had the pleasure of baking, building, and decorating your own gingerbread house? I’ve never made one before, though I’ve always admired them. A gingerbread house seemed the perfect way to start the holiday season. This year we’ve made a gingerbread house to help others!
The children had been looking forward to this experience for the past three weeks since I first mentioned it to them. We checked the handy gingerbread house printable recipe by Shelter, and had a look through our kitchen cupboards. We had most of the items, but we needed to stock up on some decorations. That was a fun grocery store trip!
Tristan put his muscles to work mixing up the ingredients. Then the children had to wait patiently until the dough had been chilled in the fridge overnight.
The next day we baked the gingerbread and did the main building. We also used one of the templates Shelter provides. Since we’re new to gingerbread house building, we used the ‘easy peasy’ template. Now that we’ve had some experience, perhaps next year we’ll use a more advanced template.We decided to let the structure set overnight before the children finally had the pleasure of the main event…decorating their gingerbread house!
For a first attempt, I’m really impressed with the house! We’ve all been admiring it, and the children are already planning for next year!
We’re fortunate that we live in our own home and have been able to meet our mortgage over the past eight years through various life circumstances. Unfortunately, not everyone has been so fortunate. The past 7 years in the UK and around the world have really been tough for most people. For those that are struggling to meet their payments, need help with bad housing, or are homeless, Shelter is a charity in England and Scotland that fights for housing rights and against homelessness.
According to Shelter, every 11 minutes a family in Britain loses their home. Shelter provides advice and support, including a free helpline that’s open 365 days a year (0808 800 4444), so that no one faces bad housing or homelessness alone.
You can help by making your own gingerbread house and using it as a fundraiser for Shelter. How fun would this be for a classroom, Scouting group, or extra-curricular group to be involved in? You can also donate directly to Shelter via their donations page.
And don’t forget to link up your gingerbread houses to the Shelter Gingerbread Competition, there are some Amazing prizes to be won. And if you’re not entering, you can still hop over and vote for your favourites until December 24th!
This winter, let’s remember to be thankful for what we do have, and not focus on what we don’t have.