Royal icing just looks magical, doesn't it?
Whipping up a batch makes me feel like Betty Crocker incarnate. It's not that it's tricky or time consuming. It takes 5 minutes and only has two ingredients. It's just that - to me - it's special. You only make it for special occasions, like gingerbread houses or fancy cookies.
You never make it in a hurry, or half-heartedly, or absentmindedly. You make it because you're getting ready to grab on to the holiday season with both hands and sink your teeth in. It's something totally distinct from regular, day-to-day life.
The boys wanted to use their freshly-gathered Halloween loot to make a haunted gingerbread house. So we're spanning multiple holidays here.
Just like I like it!