Have you seen what people do with gingerbread? As I’m getting some email work done, I’m watching a special on the Food Network about a gingerbread competition in Asheville, N.C. and it’s astounding.

There are people and reindeer and drums and carousels and hotels made from gingerbread and other assorted edible items. One young lady in the younger division made a tower structure complete with Rapunzel. Another kid made a drum. Yet another a pink palace.

Such a unique expression of creativity. Almost all the entries seem to be the manifestation of stories they’ve conceived for the occasion. The judges have their work cut out for them. One judge remarked that it smelled really good in the room, “like Christmas.”