On Christmas morning 2020, my family decided to host our first annual gingerbread house competition. This was actually an idea I came up with around Thanksgiving, and my family was definitely on board. Originally, I wanted all of us to create our houses together on Christmas morning. However, my parents thought it would be more fun if everybody had a few weeks to work on them, and then bring them that morning.
To do this, my mom bought everybody a standard gingerbread house kit for all of us to start from. I’ve linked the one we used here.
Then, the rules went as followed:
1.) Must start from the standard box kit
2.) Can use any decorations you want as long as they’re edible (ex. cotton candy fluff instead of cotton balls)
3.) The only non-edible component can be a hot glue gun for construction purposes
4.) Voting will be held by friends and family on Facebook vote anonymously, with all pictures labeled randomly #1-5
everybody showed up on Christmas morning with the BEST gingerbread houses.
Seriously, we were all shocked at how creative everybody was, and how well everything turned out! I knew I had a creative family….but as one of my friends put it, “those gingerbread houses were scary good”.
Let’s see the results!
First Place: The Treehouse
Well….let’s just jump straight to it. Gabe built a “treehouse” and completely dominated the competition with over 70% of the votes. It was AMAZING!! He used graham crackers to create the tree, and covered it with pretzels and pretzel branches. He was nervous about not knowing how to use icing bags, but that worked in his favor since he only used icing sparingly. The competition was pretty much over as soon as everyone saw his.
Second Place: The Barbie Dream House
Second place, was my own pink Barbie gingerbread house! I knew right away that this was going to be my idea, but the hardest part was executing it. I tried to keep everything as clean and neat as possible, and I’m super happy with how it turned out. I iced the walls with a flood technique, and then used marshmallows on the roof. My favorite part is the candy cane heart, which was a last minute touch.
Third Place: The Church, The Cabin and The Cottage (3 way tie!)
For third place, there was a 3 way tie between The Church, The Cabin, and the Cottage. The Church, was made by my stepdad Brian and to be honest, I really thought he was giving The Treehouse a run for it’s money! He also built a graham cracker cube, and added it to the top to look like a steeple. He used vanilla wafers for roof tiles, and my favorite part, is the beautiful scrollwork on the front of the church.
Next in the tie for 3rd place, is my mom’s cabin. Personally, I love that she took this approach because no one knew this one was hers! She’s a professional cake decorator, so everyone thought the scrollwork on the church was her’s. For her cabin, she used pretzels to look like logs, and even created sugar icicles! My favorite part is how fluffy and pretty the snow atop the roof looks.
Last in the tie for third place, is The Cottage created by my youngest sister Sam. Now, I don’t know about you. But this does NOT look like a 13 year’s old work! She made incredible wood paneling with icing, and added snow and a walkway. She also used ice cream cones to create a tree, similar to how my stepdad did on the church.
Fourth Place: The Wonka Factory
Last but certainly not least, is my sister Kelly’s Willy Wonka Factory. Which, in my opinion, is amazingly creative and none of these houses deserve “last place”. She used a plethora of candy, to create a super fun and colorful candy roof. But personally, my favorite part is the chocolate river and Oompa Loompa gingerbread men! She’s the only person who thought to include gingerbread men into their house, and I think it was pretty awesome.
This was SO MUCH FUN, and it’s safe to say we found our new family tradition! We even have family members from around the country who want to participate virtually next year. As for what we learned?
-Next year we want to keep the voting period open longer! We only kept it open for a day, but next year will probably do 2 days.
-We were so excited about putting our houses together….we kind of forgot to pick a prize for the winner. (I bet Gabe wishes we bet money!) My mom ended up “saving the day” and pulled a $10 Panera gift card out of her wallet to give to Gabe…….but we’ll do better next year.
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