Every year my husband's family assembles for a Christmas tradition known as "Gingerbread Weekend."
This started over 15 years ago, when they would bake some gingerbread cookies for their neighbors and make a pretty basic gingerbread house.
A decade and a half later, things have gotten a little more intense.
On Saturday morning they gather over a cup of coffee and bring out the supplies from last year. They discuss, draw out blueprints, and always, always strive for greatness. The next two days are a whirlwind of baking, icing, decorating, and testing the limits of gravity to create a gingerbread masterpiece.
Here's a list of what they've done in the past:
Gingerbread "Old Woman in the Shoe"
Gingerbread "Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse Complex"
Gingerbread Christmas Tank
Gingerbread Santa's Workshop
.... that's just a few.
This year, we made a carousel:
(I should have chosen a better angle, it's hard to see the detail with the red wall in the background. But I have more pics.)
The Carnie with his peg leg
We rigged it up to spin - I really like this picture.