Gingerbread House Builders Create Delectable Designs

By: Lauren Knight
By: Lauren Knight

December 18, 2005

Building a gingerbread house is a fun holiday pasttime, but for some it turned into a contest with a cause.

Just one week before Christmas and the entries are in, from a castle to the Rotunda, all creators hoping to win.

It's the gingerbread contest of 2005, held at the Sage Moon Gallery were all the guests, including Santa, had arrived.

Hand crafted roofs, a green house and some trees--you can look, but don't touch and no tasting please.

When asked if he would eat the houses, Santa Clause said "Well, only if they would let me eat it. If they leave it on Christmas Eve for Santa Clause, it's gone."

Children and adults all gave it a go, my favorite part was the icing made to look like white snow.

Mrs. Morgan from Sage Moon announced all of the winners. One from each group; the pros, amateurs and beginners.

"We all love to go back to that little child within all of us, and there isn't anything that makes us feel better during the holidays. So I think it was a really special time," Morgan said.

The house makers all shared some winning advice as well.

"You just do it to have fun," said winner Sarah Pedersen. "Enjoy it. Don't put too much pressure on yourself."

"It's really hard," explained winners Camila and Nash Davis. "It's really fun to make it and then get to win something."

What else says Christmas like a little holiday cheer, but a check and some candy to get you in gear.

"It's a win-win situation. I had the satisfaction of making it--just the creative pleasure of doing it and then, if this will help somebody else, that's even better," winner Christy Davis concluded.

All of the contestants and guests of the auction had a good time, but what matters most is that all of the money from the auction went towards rebuilding the coast. The houses were auctioned off on Sunday night and the money went towards The Charlottesville Rebuild The Coast Fund set up by John and Renee Grisham.

Of the winners, first place in the youth category went to Hannah and Alex Peterson.

The winner of the amateur category went to Christy Davis and the professional award to Jenny Peterson.

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