My epic failure at making freakin’ Christmas memories…

Whenever someone whines in my family about having to be in photos, I usually say, “Smile dammit, we are making freakin’ memories.”  Ok, ok, so I don’t say that to the little ones – but definitely the adults rolling their eyes in my family.

So in my attempt to make freakin’ memories – I purchased one of those “make your own” gingerbread kits. It came with walls and a roof and such with directions that said we just had to put it together with icing.

Sounds simple, right?

Yeah. Not so much.

Things like this are never what you imagine they’ll be. Instead of including my kids in this “fun” experience, I end up yelling at them to stop eating the icing and stealing pieces of candy we are supposed to use for decorating. They are miserable, I’m miserable. And my poor husband is attempting to work voodoo royal icing magic on that damn house.

At after 30 minutes of a pathetic time filled with bickering, anger and frustration – we finally completed the house. And 5 seconds later, this happened.

gingerbread house failure

So we did what any super creative person who just faced a devastation does. We laughed our asses off and shot royal icing from the tube into each other’s mouths. Making freakin’ memories. That’s what the holidays are all about.



  1. We tried those last year and they were a huge let down and caused lots of crying, a tantrum or two on the part of the kids and possibly me, and went in to the trash. It was a memory alright! :)

  2. I’ve used a glue gun to hold it together the last few years and added icing over it so it wouldn’t show!

  3. i asked my monster {18 yr old} to do this with me this year lets hope we have better luck lol and i think i will keep the glue gun handy what a great idea one tipsy chick

  4. AMEN! I’ll take “freakin’ memories” over “perfect memories” or “straight-out-of-a-decorating-magazine memories” any day!

  5. Next year try this: use graham crackers and a can of icing. Let the kids build and eat whatever they want. “Forget” to take pictures and just comment on how much fun everyone had making gingerbread houses!

  6. “Making freaking memories,” did me in! I love this!

  7. I hear those houses are a bitch. I’ve never been brave enough to try to make one myself. At least you tried, and it turned out to be a good time after all :)

  8. My niece actually made one a few years back and it turned out really nice. I have never nor will I ever attempt to try this. Thanks for reminding me why.
    Jae Mac @ I’m Just Sayin’…(Damn!)

  9. Perfect. What’s better memory than laughing and eating icing from a tube. Next year you should try the gingerbread Christmas tree.

  10. So funny! Sometimes the memories we try to ‘make’ are’t even the best ones instead the ones that just happen are the truest and funniest ones… 😀

  11. I almost bought one of those this year. I’m so glad I didn’t. I’ll think of some other way to make a memory, something less messy. But, I guess that’s the point…LOL Visiting from SITS.

  12. Mary Delia — that’s what I want to know!
    I hate crafts with a passion bec they never turn out fun in our house; just provoke tears and tantrums. At least you got icing. Solves a multitude of problems!
    Ps: loved “freakin memories!!”


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