The tree has been trimmed, stockings have been hung, and gingerbread houses have been made. Its Christmas time! Our friends have a great tradition of getting the kids together to make these fabulous gingerbread houses (all from scratch)!. I think it really sums up the season. There is sharing, friendship and lots of sugar. Its hard being a minority in a majority culture, so we embrace it with some exceptions: there is no Santa (so no lists get made) and this year we focused on giving (instead of getting). Deep in my heart I feel like the holidays exist to make the winter bearable and festive. P.S. I got crafty with the stocking.