Although traditionally a Christmastime project, gingerbread houses do not need to be ignored at any other times of the year. Who wants to wait twelve months to have the fun of decorating a delicious architectural confection again?
Winter at the Gingerbread House
No one could argue that the winter holidays are a great time for building a gingerbread house. With the white icing and Christmas style materials, like candy canes, your family can build anything from Santa’s castle and workshop to a quaint country cottage in the snow.
As the decorations are put away, that does not mean the gingerbread building days are over. Valentine’s Day offers a wealth of delicious candy to decorate a new one. Lacy loops of icing and conversation heart cobblestones create a perfect picture.
Spring at the Gingerbread House
As the weather warms, many new opportunities to take time for a gingerbread family tradition appear. Spring itself is a great reason to decorate a cookie home with candy flowers. Imagine an Easter house with hidden jellybean eggs in the yard. See how many different plant types you can create for an Earth Day gingerbread house in April.
Summer at the Gingerbread House
The frozen snows of icing have melted and baking large sheets of gingerbread may not be the ideal hot-weather hobby, but building gingerbread houses is still a great way to spend family time. Buy a kit to cut down on oven time and get creative.
Decorate with red, white, and blue candies and icing for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and the Fourth of July. Create a golden gingerbread house for the solstice to welcome the warmer weather.
Autumn at the Gingerbread House
Cool breezes blow and leaves change to russet and gold. Thoughts of Christmas gingerbread houses may begin to dance in your head, but there are still other opportunities to get together and build a seasonal masterpiece. Halloween and Thanksgiving gingerbread houses can stretch your imagination.
Candy and Halloween are nearly synonymous. A spooky haunted house decorated with black licorice trim and candy corn roof tiles would make an excellent party centerpiece. The bounty of Thanksgiving can be reflected in chocolate flake roofing, warm-toned Reese’s Pieces, and maple sugar leaf candies.
Gingerbread houses are not just for Christmas anymore. No matter what time of year it is, you and your family can head to the kitchen to enjoy this sweet and creative tradition. Winter, spring, summer, and autumn, any reason to celebrate is a reason to build a gingerbread house.