A week before Christmas, we took the babies to Kalliopi's house to make gingerbread houses. This is not a Greek tradition, so we had to collaborate with our fellow American Justin in order to figure out how to do it correctly. Apparently, gingerbread came to Europe somewhere around the 11th century, and the making of houses dates to about the 17th century. The custom seems to exist primarily in Germany, England, Scandinavia, and the U.S.
Above, Kalliopi's sister Julie holds Paul as Kalliopi and Pelagia lay the foundation for the house.
Here, Kalliopi's using a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.
Kalliopi's mom, Chrysoula, fed the babies chocolate cake as they played.
Chrysoula with Phoebe as we got ready to leave.
Kalliopi and her nephew Alexis put the finishing touches on the house's sidewalk.
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