#1 – Do not wait until 7 PM to start. After a long day with the kids, one really should not attempt a gingerbread house when their patience is already shot.
#2 – Do not involve the children. I am not sure why my OCD self thought doing this with the kids was a good idea. It was like two dogs fighting over a bone.
#3 – Do not wait until the last minute to make sure you have the necessary supplies. Apparently my coupler has walked off, and since I already had everything out and ready (plus those pesky kids waiting) I attempted to rig it. Note the less than graceful ‘gluing’ together of the gingerbread.
#4 – Do not expect the icing to actually hold the roof in place. It will slide. You will have a gaping hole at the peak. You will get angry. Next year, I’m using Liquid Nails.
#5 – Do not nibble the gingerbread. Only God and Wilton know how long that stuff has been sitting in a box. Eating something that apparently never spoils can not be good for your health.