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Thursday, December 12, 2013

[Gingerbread house] Yearly Family Tradition + new balls for Christmas tree

Every December, we, or rather they, decorate two gingerbread houses, or one gingerbread house and a gingerbread train. We've been doing it every year since Remi was two, to make this year the 8th consecutive year to decorate a gingerbread house. Since Remi and Pablo have two different personalities and style, they cannot share a gingerbread house. We realized it already a few years ago when Pablo joined the activity! That's why we ended up buying two gingerbread houses every December. And of course, this year was no exception.

Remi is a perfectionist. He plans his pattern and takes time to decorate his house(?) of the year. 

He is usually good and almost never eats any decorating sweets before he is sure that he has enough to decorate.

My favorite part of Remi's house is chimney! Isn't it a good idea?

On the other hand, Pablo is very far from a perfectionist. 

His forte is decorating his house fast, maybe too fast :( And, while decorating, he eats decoration sweets at the same time. It's so quick that you can't even stop him. :( 

Well, at least, I know that he didn't eat too much since he had enough sweets to decorate the entire house.

And last week, we finally bought and decorate our 2013 Christmas tree. Mr. D took a few photos.

We have a few new ornaments every year. 

These names balls are the four of the new additions of this year. which we bought in Lancaster, PA last October. If you want to see our trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania,
see the links below:

2013 Trip

2011 Trip

Some ornaments have very fond memories. Every year, precious memories will be added along with new ornaments. :)

The photos below are the ones Mr. D took at his work. I love Christmas decorations in the office.  :)

I hope we can keep this family tradition for very long time even after the boys grow up so that we can build and decorate a gingerbread house with our grand kids.

It's almost Friday.

Gingerbread house and Christmas tree


  1. Ahhhh, love the balls with each family member's name on it! Adorbs!

    Haha it makes me wonder who resembles you, Remi (perfectionist) or Pablo (fast-doer) ;)?

    I finish work at two on fridays. Indeed, it's TGIF! Hope you have a great weekend.

    Un abrazo

    1. Hi Carolina,
      I'm neither fast, nor perfect :( I think I'm in-between.

      I finish work at 11:30 on Fridays :)
      Hope you are having a very nice weekend. It's -20 degrees Celsius here~

    2. 11:30!!!!!!! Canada beats the United Nations! hehe

      Having been living in a country where 15° is considered as an extreme cold, I cannot even remember how cold is the weather below zero degree! Take care yourself.

      Any special plan for Christmas:)?

    3. UN must have nicer work terms I guess. I still work 37.5 hours a week. But, I work on compressed schedule, i.e. 8.5 hours from Monday-Thursday and 3.5 hours on Friday.
      It was -28 degrees this morning~ brrrrrr~

      We will open all the presents in the morning before having a turkey luncheon with a nice bottle of champagne. What's your plan for Christmas?