I love to bake, especially at Christmas. It must be an inherited trait. Grandma L always makes goodies at Christmas (caramels and divinity are her specialty) and my Mom always made goodies, too. In fact that was usually our gift to our teacher every year. Each year I go through recipes trying to decide what goodies I will make. Then I stock up on all the ingredients and start baking. When I mention how much I have to get done before Christmas, most people think I'm crazy to still try to work in the baking...but to me it's relaxing and of course I always feel better after sampling the dough!
This year in addition to the usual goodies, I bought a kit to make a gingerbread house. I was so impressed - everything came in the kit (prebaked house pieces, icing, candy, etc) and all we had to do was put it together. I assembled the house and Jacob and Jenna helped decorate (although I did add icing icicles along the roofline of the house!). They had a ball...and it turned out to be pretty cute. It's now decorating our kitchen counter and they love showing it off to visitors.