A Gingerbread House and a Very Merry Christmas to all!
It's still hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! My, my, where does the time go? There is still so much I would like to do to make this season special but there is just no time left.
I have stopped by many of your blogs and I have to say you are truly a creative and inspirational group! From your wonderful and touching spiritual posts, to your beautiful Christmas decorations and crafts, to the lovely poems you post, to your baking skills and the sharing of your favorite family recipes, to your lovely art work, and to your wonderful adventures out and about in your home towns, all of it has just been amazing, enjoyable, and heart warming to read! Thank you so much for making this Advent season special. Thank you for sharing a little part of yourself with all of us. And most of all thank you for being the truly kind, remarkable, and very special blogger's that all of you are.
Every year during the Christmas season my hubby and I have tried to do something special with our children and grandchildren. It usually entails maybe going shopping, or attending some type of Christmas event, taking in the Christmas lights, and almost always going out some where nice for lunch or dinner. This year, when I heard about the Gingerbread House at the Royal Park Hotel, in Rochester Hills, a town very close to where we live, I knew it would be the perfect place to take our grandson Ryan. I especially wanted to see this Gingerbread house because the chef and staff in the hotel built it to help support The Salvation Army, a charity that is very dear to my hubby and myself. The hotel invited the public to come in to see the gingerbread house and then placed the familiar red Salvation Army buckets at specific locations around the house in the hopes of encouraging everyone to leave a small donation. I thought this was such a wonderful idea and so true to the spirit of what Christmas is really all about.
The Gingerbread House was amazing! Ryan couldn't believe all of the ingredients that went into making it. It stood over four feet tall and actually had a fake but working fireplace and lights inside of it. The roof was made out of squares of chocolate and each square had a small gingerbread man in the center of it.
The hotel also has a sweet shop where baked goods are made fresh daily. Here we were able to pick up some gingerbread cookies for Ryan to take home with him.
It was such a fabulous day in so many ways and one I know I will remember for many years to come.
"I have been trying so hard to be good! I have been waiting patiently for days now but I don't think that Nick guy is coming. Oh well, I think it's time for a nap. If you see Saint Nicholas will you please tell him not to forget to stop over at our house?"
"Charli your not playing on the computer again are you?"
I will be busy getting ready for our out of town guests who will be spending the week before Christmas with us, and then with Christmas, my nieces Solstice party, and all of the activities after Christmas this will be my last post until after the New Year.
I would like to wish all of you every blessing possible this Christmas and New Year!
Best wishes for a very safe, healthy, and joy filled holiday ♥
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!
God bless all of you ♥
With warmest regards and much love,
Carol, Mike, and Charli