I figured we’d start big, so it gets established right off the bat that the Advent Calendar is a cool thing to do.
(Last year I slaved over the creation of the advent calendar for weeks in November and Eli – two almost three – could not have cared less about the thing. This year he cares a little bit more, but he’s still not “Oh the glory of Christmas and my Wondrous Mother!” yet. For what it’s worth.)
The Gingerbread House was fun. It always amazes me when it actually works and holds together. That royal icing is some incredible stuff.
There was some tug of war between Controlling Mother (that’s me) and Controlling Toddler (that’s Eli). I had to build the thing, which annoyed Eli, and after that I had to relinquish control of making the decorations symmetrical and gorgeous, which I forced myself to be ok with. He is three, after all.
There was a medium amount of yelling “Quit eating all the candy!” and I had tell myself to stop asking “Is this fun?! Are you having fun?” every two seconds, but I thought it was fun.
(I bought the Gingerbread House Kit at Target, it was $9.99 and comes with lots of candy and all the frosting and everything. You can get the kits everywhere, now. As far as I am concerned this may be one of the foremost advances in Christmas of the entire past decade.)
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