This weekend is really the beginning of the "everything Christmas" festivities that happen each year in New England. Between the small church fairs and the gala Boston Ballet performance of the "Nutcracker," you'll find plenty of mid-range (by that I mean inexpensive) activities to engage in.
Yankee Magazine [MAG YAN] has assembled a list of New England holiday celebrations for you. Click here. One New Hampshire celebration is the Strawbery Banke Candlelight Stroll, now in its 36th year. I have attended in the past and can strongly recommend it!
The last time I attended the Candlelight Stroll, in 2012, one of the attractions was a display of gingerbread. I won't exactly say they were gingerbread houses, since SpongeBob SquarePants does not live in a house, but let's just call it a display of gingerbread environments.
Speaking of gingerbread, look for one of these fun gingerbread stories for your kids or grandkids:
Aylesworth, Jim. The Gingerbread Man. [JP AYL]
Bratun, Katy. Gingerbread Mouse. [JP BRA]
Brett, Jan. Gingerbread Baby. [JP BRE, also BB BRE]
Kladstrup, Kristin. The Gingerbread Pirates. [JP KLA]
Page, Nick. Gingerbread Fred. [E PAG]
Squires, Janet. The Gingerbread Cowboy. [JP SQU]
The above titles are only a few of the gingerbread books we own. We also have a several gingerbread house how-to books and an interesting history book, too! The history book is Gingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution by Mara Rockliff [J 973.3 ROC]. The publisher describes it as "A stirring picture book biography about a forgotten hero of the American Revolution who rose to the occasion and served his country, not with muskets or canons, but with gingerbread!"