As I mentioned I made the mistake of telling him that there was a Gingerbread contest a few Christmases back (2011). He dove into it with the usual excitement he has for the holiday. It was exhausting to me. We were at least allowed to do some of the work before we got there. Hence the poured sugar windows and putting the main structure together the night before. And as usual he went for bigger and badder. A three storied house with windows and slanted roofs.
But the finishing touches. . the actual application of the candy had to be done onsite. He had just one hour to cram all the candy on to decorate this huge house.
I loved all of the kids watching him work. Sitting at the front of the store all of the kids stopped to watch (big kids too). And all of the customers that day got to vote on which Gingerbread house they liked the best.
And lo and behold . . . he won!!