Thursday, December 2, 2010

The One With the Thanksgiving Project!

In my family, it's not Thanksgiving without all of our crazy traditions. One of the best is the (mandatory for everyone) Thanksgiving Project. Over the years, it has been everything from painting birdhouses to team gingerbread house building to decorating candle holders. The one my sister and I always remember (and beg to re-create) was the year we made a gingerbread village. It was fronts of houses that we decorated, then set up around a lake made of foil, and surrounded with coconut snow. This year, our wish came true when my Aunt pulled these out...

Everything is included: Frosting, Candy, Gingerbread, etc... The pieces come already baked, and hooked together, so all you have to do is break them apart and frost them back together to look like a house!
Everyone got their own to decorate. Here's my before and after...

After all of the decorating, my sister, cousins, and I may or may not have gotten a little bit carried away with constructing the village! You decide...
 Here are some close-ups of the different village buildings...
The Bakery

In the front: the Christmas Tree farm, with the Barn and the Bank behind it. Up on the hill: Santa's House and Toy Shop.

In the very back: the Candy Shop. Up on the little hill: the Church.

The Little Neighborhood (Can you spot the foreclosures?)

The Skating Pond and Christmas Tree (where Whos from Whoville should be gathered around singing "dah who dor-aze"

Hope you enjoy looking at it as much as we enjoyed making it!

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