A recent historical fiction book excited an interest in the Revolutionary War and a desire for a birthday cake depicting such. The ice cream cone canon is stuffed with chocolate covered strawberry "grapeshot". The torch to light the "canon" is fruit leather as is the base for the canon.
Christopher is enjoying his hilarious "birthday serenade" from Nonnie and Papa.
Our traditional 12 year old gift is a "big" bicycle. Thankfully he has a couple more months of growing time before the cycling season begins. We've found that bicycles don't work well on ice and snow!