25 Years of Gingerbread Houses

December 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm (Food, Holidays)

Earlier this month, I wrote about our “silver anniversary” Gingerbread House. (Click the link to see it). That’s right- our family has been making Gingerbread Houses from scratch for over 25 years. To celebrate (or document, really) I made my mom a Shutterfly book with photos of all 25 houses through the years. Since I spent the time to find and scan all these old photos, I figured I’d give them another use and share them here.

1985 was our first house. I was 2, so I’m pretty sure I didn’t help too much with this one.
1985 (1)

1985

1986
1986

And here’s what I looked like in 1986 (and we still have, and display that snowman!) Wish I could say the same for that sweater—wouldn’t it make great felted mittens?
1986 (1)

1987
1987 (2)

And here’s me again in 1987 (this is the last random picture of me- I got tired of scanning pictures REAL fast…)
1987 (3)

1988 was the year my sister was born. Seeing as she was not even 2 months old at Christmas time, we didn’t have time to make a house.

1989 – we had just moved into our new house, hence the unfinshed kitchen counter here.
1989 (1)

1989

Starting in 1990, we began the tradition of inviting another family over to make a second house with us. Here we are with my childhood friend Ashley.
1990 (1)

Some in-progress shots from that year:
1990 (2)

1990

1991 – Ashley came back for another round of house decorating.
1991 (1)

Jenna must have finally been old enough to help:
1991

1992 – Another childhood friend, Alyssa, along with her mother, came to build a house.
1992 (2)

1992 (1)

1992

1993
1993 (1)

1993 (2)

(I love the Alf puzzle next to the house….)

1993

1994
1994

’94 must have been an angry year for me….I have no idea why I’m making this face. On a side note- I love how these pictures tell us so much about our lives—we’ve seen new houses, Alf puzzles, and this picture has my “Marble Club” necklace. I was such a dork. Haha.
1994 (1)

Jenna happily helping

1994 (2)

1995
1995 (1)

1995 (2)

1995

1996
1996 (2)

1996

1996 (1)

1997

1997 (1)

1997 (2)

1997

1998

1998 (1)

1998

1999
1999 (1)

1999 (2)

1999

2000
In the new millenium, we began inviting people over again. We began with my dads cousin Elena. This must have been when I started taking over as family photographer—I’m in a lot less photos, and there’s many more pictures of each house now…
2000

2000 (3)

2000 (2)

2000 (1)

2001
2001 (1)

2001

2002
In 2002, we went to Disney for Christmas. So instead of making our own houses, we got to visit 2 of Disney’s life-sized Gingerbread creations.

2002

2002 (1)

2003
Jenna’s friend Michelle and her family joined us to make a house this year.
2003 (2)

2003 (3)

2003 (4)

2003

2003 (1)

2004
2004

2004 (1)

2004 (2)

2005
In 2005, our relatives came to make a house with us.
2005

2005 (3)

2005 (1)

2005 (2)

2006
A friend from work came with her daughter.
2006

2006 (2)

2006 (1)

2007
2007 (1)

2007

2008
We ran out of holiday time in 2008, so we “cheated” and made a sugar cube igloo. The igloo did light up though! I had also made graham cracker houses with my students that year, and I brought the extra supplies home to make a few more.

2008 (1)

2008 (2)

2008 (3)

2008

2009. In 2009, we must have run out of time once again—so Wilton kit it was!
2009 (1)

2009 (2)

2009

And #25 was completed in 2010.
For “complete coverage” on that house, click here

Where will the next 25 years take us?

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2 Comments

  1. The Clip Cafe said,

    Absolutely AWESOME!!!! What a great tradition 🙂

  2. Gingerbread House *2011* « Daner Designs said,

    […] I can’t believe I’m not posting this until Christmas Eve! Better late then never, right? Here is our 26th (26th?! Can you believe it?) Gingerbread House. To see the previous 25, Click Here. […]

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