In my head the only truly proper Christmas decorations are those that have been there since my childhood or given to me by a friend. So, I guess it is understandable why I find it difficult to buy Christmas decorations: Nothing in stores feels quite right. Today I went to different department stores, hardware stores, and even supermarkets and exhausted myself trying to find any decorations that I liked. Finally, I decided just to get some Christmas flowers and make a gingerbread house. The entire Operation Gingerbread took pretty much the entire evening, although this was the first time I bought one of those pre-made gingerbread kits with readymade pieces. A little bit less creative maybe, but I really enjoyed making this thing: It’s a gingerbread carousel with reindeer! I used to make gingerbread houses, or rather gingerbread villages, every year until my mum passed away, and after that I haven’t made a single one until today.
There are people who enjoy collecting miniatures, trains and things, painting and building them, but I was never quite that person; I don’t like the idea of making something and then having a figure out where to keep it! Gingerbread houses work perfectly because they satisfy the little builder in me, and afterwards we can just eat the whole thing and it’s gone. No waste and nothing to store in my closet… The perfect decoration!