Gingerbread House Decorating: A Christmas Tradition

I have so many great memories surrounding Christmas. Most of them are from the traditions we celebrate year after year. As the kids grew older I was worried some of these traditions would die, but I have been pleasantly surprised that my kids have wanted to continue the traditions as much as my husband and I have. Gingerbread House Decorating is a tradition we have had for as long as I can remember. It started with hubby and I doing most of the work to the kids taking over and doing most of it themselves.

Gingerbread House Decorating is one of our favorite Christmas Traditions

We buy a kit because to me the fun is decorating it, not baking it. I put the house together and then the kids took over. We use candy from the kit plus we always add some extras every year. We try to change it up so the houses look a little different every year. My favorite part about decorating the gingerbread house is the time we get to spend together. We either watch a Christmas movie or listen to Christmas music while we’re decorating and of course, some of the candy gets eaten.

Gingerbread House decorating supplies

The kids decided what they wanted the house to look like then got started on their part. While Emilee worked on the roof, Zach started on the back of the house and Ammon figured out the lights pattern.

Gingerbread House kids decorating

Zach also decided he wanted to make a sled for gingerbread Santa so he grabbed some small candy canes and a piece of a graham cracker then used the frosting to hold it all together. I recommend waiting 15 minutes before handling it. He also made a little Santa hat for the little gingerbread Santa.

Gingerbread House making a sled

The kids finished off the house by adding a lot of little details. I love the big lights hanging around the house and the decorated roof and windows.

Gingerbread House finishing the house

My favorite part is the wreath and the little icicles hanging from the roof and over the front door.

Gingerbread House roof

Now it’s time to decorate the trees. All you need is a can of frosting, sugar cones, and some festive candy sprinkles. You want the frosting to be pretty thick so it stays on well and so the sprinkles stick to it. This is the messy part because you can’t help but get it on your fingers. Not that having frosting on your fingers is a bad thing.

Gingerbread House trees from ice cream cones

There was plenty of goofing around and having fun too. I think he looks like the grinch here.

Gingerbread House making the trees

While the frosting is still sticky add the sprinkles. You can either shake the sprinkles on or roll the cone in the sprinkles. Your choice!

Gingerbread House tree decorating

This is my favorite. I love that the clear sprinkles look like ice and snow on a winter tree.

Gingerbread House tree

We added the trees to the tray then sprinkled some coconut around so it looked like snow on the ground. I added a couple things too like the snow on the chimney and the candy cane walk way to the house. Now it was time to clean up the supplies and our messy hands.

Gingerbread House building

I love the Delta Touch2O.xt™ Technology for the Bathroom because it makes clean up so much easier and doesn’t make an additional mess in the bathroom. Plus I love the design options. The sensor means you don’t have to touch the faucet at all, just have your hands within a 4″ area, perfect for when the kids or I have been crafting or making some kind of mess. The faucet stays on as long as your hands are in the area and then shuts off within a few seconds of not sensing them any longer. You can also select the touch option and touch the faucet anywhere to turn it on and off. Either way less mess is being made in the bathroom. #DeltaLiving

Gingerbread House wash hands with one-touch

I wanted to show you some of the details close up. The kids are pretty excited about how the house turned out.

Gingerbread House peppermint sled

I love spending this time with my kids and watching them create and have fun together.

Gingerbread House completed

I love that I am building memories and sharing traditions with my children. What memories and messes are you creating with your children? You can share your own holiday traditions on social media with #HappiMess. Check out for a video and share your #HappiMess.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Delta Faucet. The opinions and text are all mine.

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