Fun Frugal Family Christmas Tradition #12
December 7, 2009 by Missy
I love traditions! I think it gives security and something to look forward to for your kids. Christmas is the perfect time to start some fun ones. I know you all have your ideas, but we at How Does She, want to share some of our favorites that we do and some we have found and want to start ourselves. So, check back every day as we countdown (yes, we love countdowns) 12 ideas for Fun Frugal Christmas Traditions!
My family gets together with my Aunt and any kids she has with her every year to make our “gingerbread houses”. Call me lazy, but I enjoy this grahm cracker approach much more. It is so easy to get ready that it can be an impromptu activity! I won’t bore you with the details of the supplies because it is pretty obvious, but I will mention that homeade frosting works much better than the canned stuff. We have tried it both ways.
I used this recipe after my aunt sugested it last year, and it made building so much easier because the frosting hardened quicker so our house didn’t fall over every 5 minutes. So you won’t have to bake gingerbread, but I think you should try this icing – you k now if I made it, it isn’t hard to do!
2 large egg whites
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 cups (330 grams) confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the egg whites with the lemon juice. Add the sifted powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined and smooth. The icing needs to be used immediately or transferred to an airtight container as royal icing hardens when exposed to air. Cover with plastic wrap when not in use.
You could use food coloring to turn the frosting different colors and then just put a spoon full into a little baggie and cut off a little snip at the corner to squeeze it out.
As you can see, decorating takes lots of concentration…
most important- HAVE FUN!!!
ENJOY THE TIME BEING TOGETHER.