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Gingerbread House Face-Off: Boys vs. Girls

E and C show off their handiwork

Yes, I know the holidays are over, but I still want to share one final bit of Christmas fun from our recently completed season. What is it? Just the first-ever…

Casa Hickju Gingerbread House Face-Off: Boys vs. Girls!

We’ve tried making a gingerbread house before – a few years back. As those who have been reading my blog for a while may recall, the project really didn’t turn out so well.

After a lengthy hiatus following that disastrous foray into gingerbread architecture, we decided to give it another go this year, once again working from the gingerbread house kits available at our neighborhood’s infamous Fellini Kroger. This time, things went much better. We actually ended up doing two gingerbread house-making nights during the holidays because we had so much success on the first night.

The first go-’round, 13 year old E took charge, getting his siblings and cousins organized around construction. The result? Two lovely little gingerbread cottages (which you can see above in the photo of E and C).

So then we decided on a second night of gingerbread construction, and this time, we made it a competition: boys vs. girls. Everyone worked energetically, but E is a very competitive person, and when he saw that the traditional route was likely not going to set his creation apart from his opposite gender rivals (he and cousin M were the only boys in the game), he went rogue, ending up with quite a creative interpretation, and as a result, the boys brought home the top honors that night.

We’ll definitely be bringing Gingerbread House Face-Off back again next Christmas season, but in the meantime, I thought you might like to see how things went, as well as what the boys created to win it in the end.


  • Somebody call FEMA 1 of 11
    Somebody call FEMA
    This was the sad, sad result the first time we tried to make a gingerbread house a few years back. Just pathetic.
  • E took the gingerbread project very seriously 2 of 11
    E took the gingerbread project very seriously
    Her he is, hard at work the first go 'round of gingerbread house making during our recently completed holiday season.
  • Word to the wise: use a tablecloth 3 of 11
    Word to the wise: use a tablecloth
    Here are E and C working on the first gingerbread house. As you can see, I let the sticky icing get on my dining room table. I then was lazy and didn't wipe it all off that same night. The result? We STILL have icing on the table. That stuff is like cement once it dries.
  • E puts the finishing touches on his masterpiece. 4 of 11
    E puts the finishing touches on his masterpiece.
  • Voila! 5 of 11
    Here are the two gingerbread houses the kids completed the first night we made them.
  • Gingerbread Face-Off: Girls vs. Boys 6 of 11
    Gingerbread Face-Off: Girls vs. Boys
    So the first night of gingerbread house construction went so well that we decided to do it again on the night before the night before Christmas, turning it into a BOYS vs GIRLS competition, which got all the kids fired up. So here they all go! (note tablecloth on table this time.)
  • The girls hard at work 7 of 11
    The girls hard at work
    Cousin El and J's good friend N hunker down as the competition heats up.
  • J, Cousin El and friends working hard 8 of 11
    J, Cousin El and friends working hard
  • E goes rogue with the boys’ creation as Cousin M looks on 9 of 11
    E goes rogue with the boys' creation as Cousin M looks on
  • A Frank Gehry gingerbread house? 10 of 11
    A Frank Gehry gingerbread house?
  • The winner!!! 11 of 11
    The winner!!!
    The boys deconstructed the classic gingerbread house, turning it into a postmodern version of a creche. Note gingerbread baby Jesus in manger.





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