Christmas Traditions: The Gingerbread House Competition

Christmas Traditions: The Gingerbread House Competition-Hello I'm 50ish

Do you have a Christmas family tradition that is hilariously good fun and will keep your family coming back to your home year after year? We have a Gingerbread House competition held on the Friday after Thanksgiving when our house is filled with relatives. You can eat only so much Turkey leftovers and watch football, (however it was exciting to watch the top 10 college football teams reshuffle after Miami and Alabama lost this weekend. Yeah Clemson is number 1!) to keep the family thoroughly entertained.

My son Michael and his bride, then girlfriend, Jennifer  came over to our home 3 years ago with this fun family craft idea. It has grown into a larger family competition. Whoever is visiting us for Thanksgiving can choose to watch football on Friday or decorate a gingerbread house.

Christmas Traditions: The Gingerbread House Competition-Hello I'm 50ish

Disclaimer: This is not the same type of competition as the serious Gingerbread House Competition held in Asheville in November  for the past 25 years. Those people are artists trying to take home prizes for their talent and we’re just laughing our way through the competition.

GIngerbread House Competition in Asheville

The rules are simple:

  • Men against the Women while wearing appropriate holiday headgear
  • Cannot spy on each other while decorating the gingerbread house.
  • We share the same rules as the national competition: To be eligible, the designs had to be made of at least 75 percent gingerbread. From there, judges( Facebook postings where our friends and family vote) evaluated the creations on overall appearance, originality/creativity, difficulty, precision, and consistency of theme.
  • Pre Made gingerbread houses or you can construct your own, ( we were hosting a large group for dinner and time was of the essence for me.)
  • One hour to complete your masterpiece.

However, I think the men of our family take the competition too seriously while partaking in an alcoholic beverage. While photographing this, my husband kept shooing me out of our dining porch.

Christmas Traditions: The Gingerbread House Competition-Hello I'm 50ish

The men were serious architects on their house….

Christmas Traditions: The Gingerbread House Competition-Hello I'm 50ish

The women were into how much stuff can we load onto our house before it fell off.

Christmas Traditions: The Gingerbread House Competition-Hello I'm 50ish

Christmas Traditions: The Gingerbread House Competition-Hello I'm 50ish

Christmas Traditions: The Gingerbread House Competition-Hello I'm 50ish

Pausing for a girl photo during the competition…

Christmas Traditions: The Gingerbread House Competition-Hello I'm 50ish

Once the hour was up I went live on Facebook, which in hindsight was rather stupid, because I didn’t save my FaceBook LIVE !!

Christmas Traditions: The Gingerbread House Competition-Hello I'm 50ish

So which gingerbread house do you like? The left or right one?

Don’t you think this is a fun family tradition you can enjoy with your family too?

Christmas Traditions: The Gingerbread House Competition-Hello I'm 50ish

I’ll tell you who won the Facebook live vote…

Why of course the girls won!!

Christmas Traditions: The Gingerbread House Competition-Hello I'm 50ish

Do you have a fun family tradition during the holidays?

I would love to know what it is!!

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6 Comments

  1. November 27, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    OMG. Robin! That competition looks like so much fun!!!!! God bless you for actually having the ability to even attempt to touch anything food related the day after Thanksgiving when we are all literally “fooded out”! Thank you for sharing such a fun tradition. That’s great!!! XOXOXOXO!!!!

    • November 28, 2017 / 1:11 pm

      Catherine,
      It really is a fun way to spend time with your family!
      We bought everything at the dollar store even the headgear!
      Let me know if you try this with your family!

      Hugs,
      Robin

  2. Jan Correll
    November 27, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    This is a great idea! Love it and it looks like so much fun!

    • November 28, 2017 / 1:03 pm

      Jan,

      I bet your family would love to do this too!
      Even the little ones can join in the fun!

      Hugs,
      Robin

  3. Cindy Perkins
    November 28, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    This is such a wonderful tradition! Can I be your adopted sister? We usually play ping pong and eat and watch football. I’d rather build a gingerbread house!

    • November 29, 2017 / 6:35 am

      Cindy,

      I would love you to be my adopted sister!
      This fun tradition can also be a part of your holiday decorations too!
      We leave them up for decorations but never eat them!

      Hugs,
      Robin

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