This past weekend I held the last of the Gingerbread House Decorating Events….
It all started in Maja’s Kitchen ….on December 1st and 2nd, December 8 and 9 and this past weekend December 15 and 16. where the children and their adult companions decorated the pre-built Graham Cracker houses for about 2 hours….At that time everyone takes off their aprons and washes their hands and gather’s in the foyer….where I give them some instructions of how behave at Tea…
It is important that they understand that there is NO running, NO pushing, that the Ladies/girls go first and that it is most improper to fill one’s plate to the brim….and then leave half on the plate to be thrown away. I tell them that is an insult to the hostess….One needs to take three or four pieces from the buffet and go back as often as they like to take again only a very few pieces onto their plate.
Then I ask the littlest/youngest child to give his or her hand and we slowly go down some very dark stairs…and at the bottom of the stairs they have the first full view of the candles all glowing in their full splendor illuminating the buffet table.
It is with pleasure that I hear their outburst of surprise not only from the children but from the adults as well. This is the moment when my heart is full of pleasure and gratitude that I have a home where I can not only open my home to people but also my heart…
The photographs of the houses in this gallery
were decorated by children
ages 4 to 10 years old
with a little help from mom, dad or grand-mom….
and sometimes a grand-dad, aunt or even an uncle!
For all my friends
I wish a most Blessed Christmas
the Happiest New Year!