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Traditions and Tips, Single Parent Style

Posted Dec 02 2008 7:55pm

gbhouse, originally uploaded by onewomanshow.

Five years ago I bought my first gingerbread house kit, an impulse purchase from a craft store. I was excited about doing the project with the kids, especially because it was our first Christmas just the three of us — that is, until I saw the horribly decorated, OSHA-challenged product we made. Where was the cute, straight house in the picture?! I hated it and tossed it as soon as Christmas was over.

But, you know what? The kids loved it. And asked to make another one the next year. This time I lowered my expectations and used a few tricks I had learned, avoiding the traps from ‘05. it came out better –it’s the one in the photo above.

We’ve made imperfect, crazy-looking gingerbread houses each holiday season since then. I guess you could say it became a tradition for the 3 of us — something I suggest for single parents in this month’s Imperfect Parent column. Check it out — and pass the icing.

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