Celebrate National Gingerbread Day by Feasting on These 10 Works of Art (PHOTOS)

gingerbread houseWe're all so focused on Thanksgiving that we almost forgot it's National Gingerbread Day! Yessiree, November 21 is that one day each year when we should pay homage to the deliciously spiced bread/cookie thing that delights us each holiday season. From gingerbread men to gingerbread houses to good old-fashioned loaves of gingerbread, there's no wrong way to enjoy this yummiest of winter treats. Or, not.

I mean who wants to eat a house. Some of them are works of art. Let's honor this holiest of days with a look at 10 amazing gingerbread houses.


gingerbread houseThis is clearly a job done by a pro and I really like that when you walk through the door of this house, there's a giant teddy there waiting to greet you with a big ol' bear hug.

gingerbread houseI like this one because of its clean lines and simplicity. I'm also a fan of its windows -- they really look like they're made of glass.

gingerbread houseThis impressive piece of food was a contestant at the Grove Park Inn's annual gingerbread house competition here in Asheville. A beaut, for sure.

gingerbread houseThis gem makes me squeal with girlish delight. On the inside, of course. The pink color-scheme and cookie roof make for a happy gingerbread fantasy.

gingerbread houseOK so there's nothing particularly skillful or impressive about this house, but gosh darn it, I think it's terrific. You can tell it was made with a lot of love.

gingerbread houseThis house is on here strictly because of the snowman. I never thought of that before! Very cute.

gingerbread houseI think this house has everything except the kitchen sink. I love its delicious chaos.

gingerbread houseThe detail on this is incredible! But frankly, any gingerbread house with a biergarten attached is a winner in my book.

gingerbread houseThe rustic look of this house combined with the cotton candy chimney smoke make it my personal favorite.

gingerbread houseAnd the piece de resistance, the gigantic gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian Resort at Disney World. Unbelievable. Check out the little boy in the foreground to understand the scale of this thing!

Happy gingerbreading, and happy gingerbread day!

Do you make gingerbread houses for the holidays? What are your tips?

Photos via brendon-c/Flickr; kudumomo/Flickr; Zoe Perisson/Flickr; moonlightbulb/Flickr; moonlightbulb/Flickr; terren in Virginia/Flickr; theme park mom/Flickr; Peter Kaminski/Flickr, Uriel 1998/Flickr; sociotard/Flickr; HarshLight/Flickr

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