A very special way to start the Christmas Holiday!
Happy faces, anxious faces, excited faces, children with lots of energy, all happy to start decorating their very own gingerbread house…..some for the 3rd, 4th and 5th year…..
It all starts in the family room where they get to put on an apron, and look at pictures of gingerbread houses. Gathering ideas of how to decorate the little house is very important for the children as well as their adult companions. Mostly mothers accompany the children, but there are grand-moms, grand-dads, and aunts as well.
This is also the time to calm down!
I ask the children to sit on the floor while I tell them a story, or I encourage them to tell me the story of their last year’s gingerbread house. For example: How did the gingerbread house survive the Christmas Season? Who ate it? Did they keep it? These are all very important question….and what amazing little stories they tell!
After the stories we head to the kitchen….
Some children come with ideas how they will decorate their gingerbread house having discussed it with their parents for a week before coming to Maja’s Kitchen. Some bring drawings of their gingerbread house…..as an inspiration …..
Yet all that changes when they see how many candies they have to choose from….and, at the end it is not the “architectual” drawings that are important – but, what kind of candy they want to put on the house with the anticipation of eating it after the holidays are over….
Here are some photographs of what has happened in Maja’s Kitchen over this past weekend!
After the fun of decorating the houses comes…
The Candlelight Christmas Tea!
Buffet is composed of special morsels for children,
served along with hot chocolate and tea!
One of the favorite open face sandwiches is the Chicken Pate served on a buttered baguette slice,
topped with a bit of cranberry relish and a parsley sprig…
Composed especially for a children’s buffet!
1 baked chicken breast without skin – cut into cubes
1 stalk celery – cut into cubes
1 apple –peeled – cut into cubes
2 scallions chopped
1 Tbsp Sweet Cucumber Relish
2 Tbsp Real Mayonnaise
1/2 cup softened butter
Mix all ingredients and transfer to a food processor…process the salad until it is a pate consistency.
Serve it on buttered baguette slices or any kind of bread of your choice.
More pictures of the buffet!
There were also grapes, mini carrots, sliced cucumbers and last but not least lots and lots of Pigs in the Blanket.……….
This year commemorates 30 years that I have been doing Gingerbread Houses with children,
and it is 20 years as part of Maja’s Kitchen.
Wishing everyone a happy time preparing for Christmas !
How do you start your Christmas Holiday?
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