Snow was a mixture of confectioners' sugar, egg white and vinegar in a combination that hardened.
Candy raindeer waited below for the Santa on the roof . The chimney was made of nougat.
Each house sat on a foil covered cardboard.
Sometimes I spread a thin layer of frosting and sprinkled it with powdered sugar.
This batch had a peppermint stick as the roof ridgepole.
These from the year I got brave and made twenty.
Notice the red candy bell above the door.
Necco wafers sided this house.
The doorknobs were redhots as were the berries on the wreaths.
Every year I tried some different candies but always looked for candy Santas.
Green gumdrops make good shrubbery for a gingerbread house.
One year I decided to build a really big house.
As I assembled it the roof caved in. I wailed.
My husband said, "Well, it was a learning experience."
Eventually I was too busy to build houses at Christmas.
Now that I have time, maybe I should start again.
I wonder if candy Santas are still available?
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