I’m scrambling here, working on the grandsons’ Christmas outfits and preparing for tomorrow’s arrival of 2-1/2 year old Alastair.Â He will be with us for a few days and will have my undivided attention.Â So there is no time for a new blog post. I hope you will enjoy this re-run.
The children’s ages and Christmas garments are not current.Â But the upcoming gingerbread house decorating activities will be just as described below–except that Robert may have a little more restraint with the candy.Â Then again, he is a little more experienced and might get away with even more this year.
Whatever.Â We will have a grand time decorating.Â I hope you have a chance to do this with a child.Â It is messy, yes, but sooooooo much fun.
“And I had but one penny in the world, Thou shouldâ€™st have it to buy gingerbread.”Â William Shakespeare, Love’s Labours Lost
Unlike the character in Shakespeareâ€™s play, Iâ€™m not sure that I would spend my last penny on gingerbread. Iâ€™d probably go for a scrap of fabric or lace, or a needle …..but I digress. This is about gingerbread and Christmas outfits for my grandchildren.
If you have read more than two or three posts on this blog, you will know that gingerbread plays a huge role in our Christmas festivities. Robert and Laurel, at ages 2 and 3, seemed ready to be introduced to this family tradition. They made their first gingerbread houses, received gingerbread ornaments for their personal collection, added a charming book, Gingerbread Land, to their library in Nanaâ€™s nursery, and wore smocked gingerbread outfits for various holiday activities and on Christmas day.
The polycotton, ready-to-smock, red gingham jumper and Jon-Jon saved me enough time to spend hours and hours searching for a smocking plate that suited me. It seemed to me that the designs all showed trim, athletic ginger folk and many of them were wearing clothes. I wanted a smocking design that looked like the cookies we baked–roly poly and wearing nothing but frosting.
In desperation, I did a Google search and low and behold! There was the perfect plate in a back issue of Creative Needle magazine, the entire collection of which I have, from the premier issue on. I was elated and started smocking almost immediately.
This style is really a wonderful for children year round. In cool weather, a long sleeved turtleneck can be substituted for the short sleeved shirt. On a tropical Florida day, it can be worn shirtless.
Our gingerbread tradition continues. At Halloween, my daughter had a party at which guests decorated gingerbread haunted mansions.Â Last night,Â she held her first annual Christmas gingerbread house decorating party.Â Nine month-old Alastair was enchanted, as was 6 month-old Aliyah, who was attired in a tiny pink chef’s hat and matching apron!Â I’m hoping to get a picture soon.
Tomorrow, the children will decorate their houses here with Nana and then set them out in their own home. Robertâ€™s probably wonâ€™t last very long. Last year, even under his motherâ€™s experienced and watchful eye, he had eaten the marshmallow snowman and stripped away most of the candy within two days. And never got caught.
Iâ€™m sure he is one little boy who would spend his last penny on gingerbread—or the sugary treats that go with it.