Monday, December 12, 2011

A New Tradition

I had a personal photographer on this day (Jonah loves to take pictures). After we got our Christmas tree, Carson told us he and Mommy needed to make the gingerbread men while Daddy and Jonah got the tree ready to be decorated. So, apparently this is our new tradition. I am not sure it went exactly that way last year, but we are all about traditions, so gingerbread cookies and tree decorating will go hand in hand from this year forward.

This idea was inspired by The Gingerbread Baby, by Jan Brett. It is one of my favorite books, and one I loved reading to my kids when I was teaching. Now I love reading it to my own kids! We found the recipe for the gingerbread cookies on Jan Brett's website. She even has interactive games and craft projects available there. TIP: Mix the batter for the cookies and let it chill overnight before rolling out the dough and cutting the cookies.
Carson loves cooking and baking with me. He had fun cutting the gingerbread men out, and we did a few snowmen and Christmas trees as well.While the cookies were baking--8 minutes, and no peeking--we read The Gingerbread Baby, by Jan Brett.

I love this picture. Carson is such a little guy...After the full 8 minutes, I had to hop up and take the cookies out, so Jonah stepped in and finished the book. Then we went on a hunt...I gave the boys clues and they had to find the animals the Gingerbread Baby encountered on his journey. Look very hard and you'll find the goat, in a place where a boat could _______. The boys worked together to find this guy in their bathtub.The pig was in the sandbox.The fox was where we recycle a box.The dog was where Mommy types her blog.And the excitement built up until Carson found the Gingerbread Baby himself.Then came the fun part...the decorating, and the tasting! Yum.

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