It may surprise you northern hemisphere folk, but down here in the southern hemisphere people tend to celebrate "midwinter Christmas" about this time of year. I guess it comes from the idea that in December its hot and you kind of don't feel like sitting around eating roasts and what not when its really weather for barbeques, ice cream and the beach.
So sometimes folks get together in winter to celebrate midwinter Christmas and eat, drink and be merry!
Last Saturday I celebrated two midwinter Christmas' in one day - one with the Wellington sewing bloggers an one at my friend Matt's place. I only ate ONE Christmas dinner though (eating two would have been out of control!).
I decided that I wanted to take gingerbread Christmas trees to the sewing bloggers meet up and an actual gingerbread house to Matt's party. I knew the house was ambitious, but it was on my to do list so I figure it was a good time to try. I know loads of people now by those pre-made gingerbread house kits, but I am crazy so I made mine from scratch. Also you aren't going to find a gingerbread house kit in June.
So the piping bag broke within minutes of me starting to ice the house - which made icing the darn thing pretty much impossible, hence the whole "rustic cottage" look. It did taste delicious though, I guess that's all that matters.
Here's the Christmas trees - although not as ambitious as they house, they are completely adorable!
As you can tell my weekend was full of Christmas and gingerbread and although gingerbread is delicious, I don't want to see it again for a LONG time!