Christmas is the time to make memories. Some of my personal favorites from the holiday season include baking festive cookies with my cousins, visiting Santa’s workshop as a child (who am I kidding, I still do that) and seeing the Nutcracker with my parents at the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Everyone has their traditions, but there’s always room for one more!
Last Saturday, children from around the Seattle area were invited to experience the Annual Gingerbread House workshop in Bellevue, a tradition kept alive by the members of KidsQuest. Volunteers gathered before the event to receive instructions and prepare the festivities – each adorned in reindeer antlers or Santa caps. In an adjacent room, gingerbread houses were organized into lines like many small neighborhood blocks, waiting to be decorated and (in due time) eaten. It was an eye catcher for any sweet tooth, to be outdone only by the smattering of long wooden tables around the main room, all supporting a veritable feast of chocolate and sugary candy.
As families and children entered the venue, a volunteer greeted and escorted them to their own personal workstations, equipping each with an icing dispenser and house – necessary tools for any young architect during the holiday season. Starbursts, gumdrops and lollipops (read: walkway tiles, roofing material and windowpanes) were collected from the longer tables and soldered to the houses with icing – or consumed. Hey, you got to replenish your energy from the strenuous work somehow! In the end, we think it paid off. Just take a look at some of the masterpieces we spied around the room:
The Gingerbread House workshop is over and the candy devoured, but there’s still some time before Christmas to recreate the magic. So grab your family, gather some architectural tools and go to town. After all, it’s never too late to start a new tradition.
-Megan Manning is a native Seattleite and holiday aficionado. In her spare time she enjoys singing carols, wrapping presents and baking cookies for Santa.