Gingerbread Houses on New Year’s Eve

by | Jan 3, 2016 | Advent and Christmas, Christmas 2015, Gingerbread Houses | 15 comments

On New Year’s Eve we took the kids Ice Skating, then came bake home to make Chinese food, decorate Gingerbread Houses (and various Graham Cracker Creations), and watch movies for the rest of the night. I realized, with all the extra stuff we were dealing with the week before Christmas, I never picked up any supplies… I always have sprinkles, candies, and candy melts in the cupboard, but we only had one gingerbread house to decorate (a Christmas gift from a friend!) so I ran down to the store and bought the last couple kits on clearance (only $3.50 each marked down from $13.99!) and a Family Sized box of Honey Maid Graham Crackers. (They didn’t have the Gingerbread Graham Crackers we’ve used in the past.) It was such a fun way to end the year! 
Here are this year’s completed houses: 
From Captain’s Instagram:
New Year’s Eve Gingerbread House
From Ranger’s Instagram: 
“Whoever wields this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” 
From Twinkle Toes’ Instagram:
Well that didn’t turn out how I hoped…
(I think it turned out cute, like her LEGO Gingerbread House which was a Christmas gift from her Christkindl. Graham Crackers aren’t the easiest material to use for building houses!) 
Chiquita: “Little House in the Big Woods… but there isn’t anything to use to make the Big Woods!” 
She was able to make some garden carrots though, using green flowers and candy corn!
Snuggles’ patience paid off and he was able to build Barad-dûr, complete with the Eye of Sauron watching over Middle-Earth all the other Gingerbread Houses. 
Rose and I decided to decorate our Gingerbread House as “Oaken’s Trading Post” inspired by one of the little LEGO sets she received on her birthday a couple weeks ago. 

“I want mine to look like Mommy’s!!!” – Bud 
We added roof tiles, using the cookies from the Dancing Deer Gingerbread House Cookie Kit we were given for Christmas, along with some other decorations (including a porch light like on Rose’s house) and he was happy. 
Bud didn’t want to take his eyes off that house of his! 


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  2. Melanie

    Those are so creative! I love snuggles', lol. We still haven't done ours either….maybe tomorrow. Also, gingerbread graham crackers? I have never seen those!

    2016-01-03 14:35:29

  3. Kristyn

    Thor's hammer and the Eye of Sauron made me laugh… Very familiar themes in my family. I received a butter box/paper towel tube hammer (wrapped in foil) for Christmas and when I opened it my son yelled "She's worthy!" 😀

    2016-01-03 14:40:37

    • Jessica

      What a great gift from your son! I love it!! 🙂

  4. Birdie

    Can we all just take a moment to appreciate Snuggles' face when he realized that Ranger made Thor's Hammer? Cutest picture!

    All these are fantastic, and such a fun tradition. Congratulations on making it happen this year in spite of all the craziness of the season

    2016-01-03 15:23:24

    • Jessica

      Thanks, Birdie! I love that picture! 🙂

  5. Sandy

    This is some serious creations! Wonderful!

    2016-01-03 22:01:07

  6. Janet

    I love all the gingerbread houses. It looks like it was a fun evening. Have a beautiful day and Happy New Year!

    2016-01-04 12:15:49

  7. Krista

    Isn't that Lego gingerbread house THE BEST this year – and for a free promo set, you can't beat it!!!! We put ours in our Lego Winter Village MOC – the layout got a little bigger this year, as we added the new Winter Village Toy Shop to our collection and the Gingerbread House set and the Changing Seasons set with the winter house build of the 3-in-1 choices. I should send you some pictures of it for this year (also had to get more white "snow" bricks since we used about 5 more baseplates this year! Has Ranger completed his "secret Lego creation build" yet? Any hints you can give us!?!?!?!?!?!?!!???? I LOVE Oaken's Trading Post gingerbread house! Hope you post about Rose and Bud's birthdays this year – would LOVE to see pictures and what they got!! 🙂

    2016-01-04 17:02:28

    • Jessica

      Yes! I was very excited about the LEGO Gingerbread House! I wish the promo sets would stick around a little longer. I had hoped to get a second, but by the time I was ready to submit another order they had all sold out. I haven't been able to get around to looking through the Christmas photos yet to share some of them but one of the girls received the Winter Toy Shop and I have the Changing Seasons set stashed away for one of their birthdays this year. 🙂

      Ahhhh…. Ranger's creation. I don't know that he will ever have enough LEGO to finish. His stocking was filled with more bricks, but it was only enough to finish another wall. I'm just gonna have to post the original pictures I took last April soon, and update if it is ever finished.

      I'm also so behind on those birthday posts. I think I have about six birthdays now that I haven't had the opportunity to add to the blog… there just isn't enough time in the day anymore… but I do have them on my list!

      • Krista

        Oh, very cool that one of the girls got the Winter Toy Shop this year!!!!! I also modified the Toy Story Western Train set from 2010 and made it a Christmas train with extra pieces that we had, so it's all red, white & green! 🙂 We put it around the Christmas tree and I also added the RC and motor for it, so it was motorized! SO FUN!

        I'm curious what Ranger is working on!!!! Sounds like quite the project that he's got going!!! Does he have a LONG way to go or is he making a lot of progress?

        Well, if you get the chance to upload a Christmas and birthday posts, that would be grand!!!! Hope you all are having a wonderful new year 2016! 🙂

        2016-01-13 05:34:11

          • Krista

            THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!! Commented over on the post!!! 😀

            2016-01-14 02:20:16

  8. dld

    Your kids do such lovely creative things

    2016-01-04 22:36:03

  9. Debbie

    Happy New Year Jessica and dearest children…this is such a wonderful family activity for your children on New Year's Eve. You are teaching your children such wholesomeness Jessica! Each of their creations are beautiful…you have such talented children like their Momma! Each Gingerbread House is so unique…like the unique sweet personalities of your seven children. May God Bless your family with a wonderful happy and healthy New Year 2016!

    2016-01-07 18:58:10


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