2012 Gingerbread Village: A Holiday Family Tradiiton

We set up this year’s Gingerbread Village–now an annual tradition–on the buffet in the dining room. Not sure why we never placed it here before–seems well-suited nestled in this cave-like space where one must bend down to peak at the scene from standing position but is easily seen at eye level when one is seated at the table.

Gingerbread-Village-GV-2012The village has a home on the left, a short stroll to the urban village. The town center is the large center building with a tiny building on the right, serving as the beloved library. The movie theater, located on the far right, adorned with bright lights, is currently showing a 3-D film.




  • gingerbread house kits (Best bought after Christmas, when they are deeply discounted.)
  • glue gun with extra glue sticks (Since we do not plan to eat our village, we prefer the glue gun for quicker assembly and less icing frustration.)


  • extra candy (We save unused candy from past gingerbread kits and rummage through the Halloween loot to add to our decorating options.)
  • cotton batting
  • foam board, cut into village backdrop (adult supervision advised)
  • white lights (plugin and/or battery operated)
  • extra figures/trees (store-bought or handmade from clay or candy)

Having fun with the icing.

gingerbread-3d-theaterEngineering the 3-D movie theater action was a bit challenging. Propped up gum drops with toothpick and balanced candy cane person on graham cracker chair.

Gingerbread-MovieTheater-GVFinished movie theater decorated with lights.

Gingerbread-Library-GVTown library.

Gingerbread-TownCenter-GVSkating rink outside town center.

About Anisa Raoof
Anisa Raoof is the publisher of Kidoinfo.com. She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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