Wednesday, December 9, 2020


 I have done this post

a couple of times.

Several people said 

they had never seen anything like it.

I thought I would post before it

gets any later in the season--

in case you want make these for 

your own home.

I have been doing this since my

own kids were small.

You know how a front door says 


when you come in?

By the way-

Those sleigh bells are off the horses my 

father drove as a young man.

So -there's my 

Happy Hello!

BUT I like my door to say


when someone leaves, too.

And I like to say it NICELY

Unlike some people that say-

Don't let the door hit you in the butt on the 

way out.

How do I do that?

I let my visitors take a little memento

of their visit with them.

It is called 

Cut and Run Take

Here they are my sweet little


hanging in a row.

Here's how to make this 

sweet little door hanging.

Roll out Saran Wrap about 2 feet longer 

than the side of your door.

Lay your Gingerbread Boys in a line 

on the center of the plastic wrap.

leaving about 4-6" between them.

You could also do this with any sturdy

cookie- like a sugar cookie cut 

like a snowflake or star.

Flip them upside down making sure that they

are still in the center

Pull the plastic wrap to the back

overlapping it so they are enclosed 

all the way around.

Gently flip them over and using ribbon

tie a knot above and below EACH one.

Hang some children's scissors on

some curly ribbon from the top

to cut the saran wrap.

When you cut them apart 

you will cut between the ribbons 

leaving each one fully encased 

In plastic wrap.

Here I am making a cut between the ties.

You start with the bottom one and 

each person can cut off a gingerbread boy 

to take along when they leave.

I hang them on a nail 

hidden on top of the door jamb.

shhhhh-MyHero hates nails anywhere

I dressed the top 

with some greenery and red balls.

I love  Gingerbread Boys, don't you?

Sometimes I feel sorry for them though.

Poor things.
pinterest image

The one on the right hears about like 

MyHero does-especially when it comes

to trying to get a chore done!

Now- get in that kitchen and start baking!

As for me..

Well, I am trying not to BAKE

so that I don't EAT

Gingerbread Boys!

OH!  And these are really cute with


instead of 

Gingerbread boys.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

I will be back soon with a

Pick Your Favorite Christmas Table....

your photo name


Laurie said...

I love this, you are so clever! I remember this every year and think right away of you!

susan q said...

thanks for the cute idea. With the pandemic, maybe next year;)

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

I love the idea of the gingerbread cookies to take home. Thanks for the ideas for making fudge and caramels too.

jack69 said...

And then there were CRAFTY people created!!!!! Good stuff I have always loved the Gingerbread man, even as a kid and the one I could not catch. LOL
Sending love from a cool Florida (upper 30s last nite Y'all close the door!)
Sherry & jack

Suz said...

I remember this post and I think it's one of the most clever things to do during the holiday season!
HOW SWEET about your Dads horse bells!!!

Sandra said...

Super great idea. The good news is I'll never have to do it because I don't bake anything at all and I also don't eat sugar and I would never ever be able to wrap that saran wrap around them it makes me antsy just thinking about trying to wrap all of them in that saran wrap. Saran Wrap is my enemy. That said I love the idea

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I love your idea of having something to give guests as they are leaving. And am looking forward to seeing your Christmas tables. I also try not to bake too much as I'll be the one that winds up eating it all. But homemade cookies are just wonderful ! Hard to resist.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I have always loved this idea of yours!

Beside a babbling brook... said...

Now that I read it, I remember it! Such a cute idea!!!


Michele said...

That is so clever!!!

Whew when I read "A Sweet Good-bye" I thought you were leaving blogdom. My relief and happy level just soared.

I love this idea.

Good thing I use the garage door or those would be gone with my just getting the mail, haha.


Sandi said...

What a sweet idea!

Would it be weird if I went in and out your door like a million times?

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I always enjoy seeing this post!

Jeanie said...

This is super clever and I don't remember it from before. I just wish I had company coming through -- this year, they'd just get moldy hanging by the door!

Jenny the Pirate said...

Perfectly precious idea!~ xoxo

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

This is such a great idea - I hope you will remind us of this idea this time next year as sadly, no one is coming, let alone leaving! I love this!!

Ginny Hartzler said...

I HAVE NEVER seen anything like this! It is amazing, and you are amazingly creative!! I love it!!!!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

So darn cute and creative. Love the ginger boys. Cutting your very own is so sweet. xoxo

jp@A Green Ridge said...

What a GREAT idea, Diana! I love gingerbread too...:)jp

Doris said...

Such a neat idea. I've not baked a single cookie...yet. I'll get to it.... ☺

Wanda said...

What a great idea. There are so many restrictions living in a complex. We can't hang anything like that outside or on our door. They do let me put a little decoration on the windowsil.

I could take it along with me, and cut one for anyone looking for money at the off ranmps at the freeway. Maybe that's what I will do this year, since we are so limited on where we can go here in CA. Our Governor thinks he the King and can lay all kinds of "laws" on us. Perhaps he sould read the Constitution. Sorry...didn't mean to rant!!!

Ann said...

This is a fun idea. I can only imagine what Gibbs would think of yummy treats hanging by the door though

Pamela M. Steiner said...

What a wonderful idea, especially if we actually could have people coming and going through out door! We just don't have that many visitors anymore, but I love the idea, and now I want to come and visit you just so I can have one of those Gingerbread boys!! If I travel all the way up there, you'd better still have some left! LOL. Love it.

happyone said...

I love that idea!!!
Won't be having anyone over this year but next I'll be sure to do this.

Pam said...

What a really cool idea. Thanks for sharing that.

Diana said...

What an absolutely perfect idea!! We love gingerbread cookies! Of course, I don't know how many of those would actually make it to the door for other people. 😆 I can see making that into a type of "goodie bag" (several small items/baked goodies) to cut off! Blessings to you, Diana!

Junkchiccottage said...

This is the sweetest and best idea ever. I love it. Have a great evening. xoxo Kris

Kim said...

I love this idea! They are just darling. xxoo

Terri D said...

What a cute idea, Diana! Perhaps a rerun next year would be good to remind us again. Next year we will hopefully have more company visiting. This year... I would be cutting them apart two at a time and eating them every day. sigh!!

Deserae said...

Oh my! What a super cute idea....I love it!!!!!

Bless said...

What a great idea! I can just imagine what a lot of fun Dancer kitty will have with that! :D

Hootin' Anni said...

That is clever! You could actually do this for any special occasion really!! Not gingerbread boys always...something for Easter maybe ... fill a plastic egg with a secret treat and voilà!!

Love the exterior too.

Shari Burke said...

Fun idea!

Theresa said...

I remember this post and it is a wonderful thing to do. I love Gingerbread:) Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

Rita C at Panoply said...

Super, super cute idea. My Mr. P. is like your Hero, doesn't like nails anywhere, but I do believe he'd be too busy cutting the gingerbread men, one at a time. For guests?, he'd say!

This N That said...

I always like to see your gingerbread boys. Even if I’ve seen it before it’s always fun. Good idea! Have a wonderful day.

Creations By Cindy said...

I remember you sharing this before and thought it was the neatest thing ever! Love it! Girl, you do the neatest stuff. Enjoy your weekend sweet lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Lea said...

These is so, so cute and I'm sure delicious!

Woody said...

Gingerbread was never a Favorite of mine, but I love Sugar Cookies, Waiting for phone call from Dentist or Cardioligist to go off Blood Thinners so can get this Molar pulled. ! Like your Idea an decoration of your doorway !

BeachGypsy said...

Diana these are so so cute!! But I especially love your fudge post this year and last year too. I'm going to try that recipe here real soon. I love how you box it up so cute and I can almost taste it!! Peanut butter fudge has ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE

Carla from The River said...

Hi, I remember this post and I pinned this idea. It is a great idea.
Happy Birthday to my 12/12 birthday friend.
Lots of Love,

Lynne said...

Fun idea Diana!

Melanie said...

I love this idea; it is so cute! Unfortunately, the only visitors I'm going to have here this entire month are my mother and one of my best friends who has been in my "Covid circle".

I had to laugh about your husband and the nails ~ mine hates them, too. I try to rely on Command hooks as much as possible.


Janie Junebug said...

Having cookies for your guests is a great idea.

Janie Junebug

John's Island said...

Hi Diana, It is early Saturday morning, still dark and 33 degrees outside here in Seattle. My usual morning routine is underway with my first cup of dark brew coffee and a look at the World Wide Web. Today, I decided to start by taking a look at some of my favorite blogs. It surprised me when I clicked on Nana Diana Takes a Break. Wow, you have a wonderful new header, perfect for the season. And then, thank you for the smile, the delightful idea of snip and take along gingerbread boys. :-) This is so cool! I’ve never seen anything like it, and you mentioned that at the beginning, so I must have missed those posts when you told us about this before. Anyway, this is just a great post and thank you for sharing. Hope you have a happy weekend. Stay safe and take care. John

Rain said...

I love this idea Diana! It's super cute though me and Alex would probably eat all the cookies before anyone else had a chance too lol! :)

Katie Isabella said...

I LOVE that! Just love the idea!

deb @ homewardFOUND said...

what a charming idea, Diana! i love it!
i sure wish that this year there would be people visiting our home. maybe next year....

~ deb @ homewardFOUND

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I remember reading your idea awhile back and think this is just the cutest way of sending people home with something sweet! On day I'm going to do this. I do have gingerbread dough in my fridge right now. Maybe I'll try it!