We don't use gingerbread at all.
I go to Dollar Tree or Dollar General and buy graham crackers, some cookies, and several kinds of candies. After opening presents, we usually have a box close to the size that we need - yes, a cardboard box. This year, we used a small shirt box to modify the top and give us a slanted roof. Some years we have a flat roof with turrets like a castle.
I mix up some royal icing while the kids discuss a plan for decorations. The decorations are determined by the size of the box and the types of candies on the table. We usually have graham crackers as wall covering; broken cookies work well too - they give a stone effect.
Some years we have a yard around the house and decorate it too. There is quiet a bit of candy eating during the decorating process. This year Natalie discovered that she likes the taste of the royal icing, but does NOT like butterscotch.
|natalie missed the group pictures so that she could go home and prepare for santa|