Can you believe that this is a gingerbread house?
A traditional English garden complete with a water fountain and gazebo.
Or this one?
The onion domes in St. Petersburg.
How about this one?
A Gnome's House
To celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season, we visited a local exhibit of gingerbread houses made by individuals, families, and professionals. All of the houses are made entirely of things that are edible--we saw peanut brittle used for everything from steps to fences to walls.
The variety of work always astounds us and makes it rather difficult to choose our favorites.
The little red an white things are gnomes.
Canal boats going through villages on the Erie Canal was a popular theme this year--appropriate considering this area's heritage.
So, as you can see, there was quite a variety of "houses." Of course, there was also the occasional traditional gingerbread house, but always with a twist.
Mrs. Rabbit's house was very sweet! It even had stockings hanging on the fireplace mantel in her kitchen and draperies decorated with green wreaths in the family room. And, of course, a proper snowman stood guard in the front yard.
Welcome to the Christmas season! It will be St. Nicholas's day before we know it!