Christmas Craft: Build Your Own Gingerbread House | Lady & her Sweet Escapes

Dec 8, 2013

Christmas Craft: Build Your Own Gingerbread House

What's your favorite Christmas tradition? Mine is setting up our Christmas Tree; hanging balls, ribbons and colorful blinking lights while holiday songs fill the air. It's my favorite childhood Christmas memory! The gifts under it and in my Christmas stocking were just an icing on the cake! :) This year, since I am away from home (again!), I couldn't build and decorate our artificial tree, but I got to experience another Christmas tradition for the first time! I built my own gingerbread house! 

In Europe, it has been a tradition for families to build a gingerbread house days before Christmas. It is a Christmas decoration made by children using hard gingerbread as the house's walls and roof, white sugar icing as the snow, and variety of candies to make it just like the witch's house in the novel "Hansel and Gretel".

Lady and her Gingerbread House

Bacolod Chk-N-BBQ House has an ongoing "Build Your Own Gingerbread House" event. It started last November 29 and will end on December 20, 2013. Gingerbread House Kits are available at the restaurant and the staff are always willing to assist first-timers like me!

Gingerbread house kit at Bacolod Chk-n-BBQ House

I built my Gingerbread House right after we had another hearty inasal dinner. I received a box filled with hard gingerbread pieces, sugar icing in a plastic piping tube and candies. Since I'm not into baking, it wasn't just my first time to build one, it was actually my first time to use an icing tube! I stared at my kit and thought, "uh oh, I might create a disaster here!" But then, I took all the help I can get from the restaurant's staff. They gave me a step-by-step guide and placed a model house for me to follow.

Build Your Own Gingerbread House at Bacolod Chk-n-BBQ HouseBuild Your Own Gingerbread House at Bacolod Chk-n-BBQ House

Build Your Own Gingerbread House at Bacolod Chk-n-BBQ HouseBuild Your Own Gingerbread House at Bacolod Chk-n-BBQ House

I slowly and seriously assembled each part. They said I can display the house for a year, but that wasn't quite a part of my plan! The gingerbread smells so good, I had to stop myself from nibbling some of the parts while I was working on it! I knew, I'd eat my masterpiece the moment I got home! I even blurted out loud: "lagot sa akin to pag uwi". Hahah!

I was not able to make the snow-like-drippings on the roof. Blame it on the big hole that I made at the tip of the icing bag. Though my gingerbread house didn't look as good as the model house, I'm so happy with my edible artwork. This isn't a part of my Christmas tradition, but I'd love to do this year after year!

My 15-second Instagram video:

Gingerbread House Kit: 50 AED

Bacolod Chk-N-BBQ House
in front College of Islamic Studies
Za'abeel Road, Karama

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