I'm not always a grinch.
A little "aww" - my extremely cute niece Dasha and the from-a-box gingerbread house she made with the help of my daughter Melina, who went out to Los Angeles for a few days to visit. (Melina also decorated their Christmas tree.)
Dasha is the Russian Orthodox daughter of my day-trading brother and his Russian wife. My other four nieces are fundamentalist Christian daughters of my other brother, who is a born-again robot designer in Massachusetts. My kids and I are Jewish. Isn't America a great place?
My brothers and I live as far away from each other, almost, as you can get, while still being in the continental United States. I miss them all the time, despite our differences.
See earlier gingerbread houses here, here, and here, and here is the construction-grade gingerbread recipe Menticia and I used in our speed-gingerbread project.
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