We won at a gingerbread house party! And by won, I mean "had a fun time with various highly charming people." But also, like, won.
Specifically, I tied for first with my lighthouse.
Frankly, I'm a bit mystified by this. It looked just slightly cooler before the peak of the roof fell off on the way home -- it had a a red candy tip -- but not that much cooler. The judges may have been swayed by the unique hollow-core no-frosting construction; it is really just a pile of gingerbread rings held together by gravity. Also, I think people like fire.
Much more impressive, I think, is Mrs.5000's church.
After all, the hard part about gingerbread construction (as our hostess amply demonstrated) is having your construction stay up. And look at those vertical lines! How did she do it? Like they did back in the day: buttresses! I helped by encouraging her to stick with the simple plans of Romanesque design rather than getting embroiled in the Gothic. She got third!