Christmas can be a magical time of year for people of all ages. It is a wonderful, festive and mysterious time of year filled with excitement, love, and traditions. Christmas allows for quality time for family and friends to reminiscence of times shared and creates new memories. As a child, it seems that everything turned into a winter wonderland during this season. Every store was beaming with glitter, ribbons, themed ornate trees and lots of beautifully wrapped gifts. People looked happy and interested in making others cheerful. As an adult, my highlights of the holiday season have changed to love Christmas with a different conviction. This magical transformation of this time of year has developed into not only the many embellishments of my home but the intoxicating aromas of my favorite desserts creating the center décor of a family tradition.
My favorite memories revolved around the Christmas gingerbread house. It was around the age of nine that I began to realize that this holiday was more than Santa bringing toys to all the boys and girls around the world. I became aware of the weeks leading up to this celebration that my parents would save our leftover Halloween candy, cereal and crackers for decorating what became a family tradition throughout the generations. Something as unpretentious as the baking and assembling gingerbread houses brought our family together in an effortless evening of fun and creativity. As a child I anxiously watched, tasted and would help to prepare the ginger cake mix for the walls to build the houses. In those earlier years it was quite easy to be enticed with enormous amounts of candy, sweets and icing associated with the construction without feeling the consequences of the indulgence of consuming the tantalizing sweets. Each gingerbread house over the years was a masterpiece by itself that would become the centerpiece of our Christmas décor. This tradition expresses no discrimination for age or talent, it truly unites and closes the age gap.
As years pass the assembly of a pre-baked gingerbread kit took over the hours of baking and allowed the focus on the decorating. There is such a joy watching children create their version of a gingerbread house engulfed with candy and the brilliance of surprising themselves with a masterpiece of amazing design. The combination of the young and old spending quality time together is truly an inspiration and reassures the compassion of mankind. In the future, I will share the nostalgia of my favorite Christmas décor with my immediate family. There is the mystique of the holiday season that is inside of all of us that tends to alter our everyday traditions. I do believe that this gingerbread tradition shines the spotlight on matters of the heart.