A long standing tradition of Christmas spirit and competition for the local Students at Saint Anselm College is the annual Gingerbread House Competition. Four hundred students on 100 teams of four gathered in Davidson Hall to make their creations for display and hope to win in this fun and competitive annual event.
Students mixed frosting, designed creative layouts, and decorated using supplies provided to them by Saint Anselm’s Dining Services. After about two hours, students turned in their gingerbread creations, which this year included houses and scenes from “The Grinch,” “Titanic,” the Myan’s end of the world, lighthouses, boats, and replicas of local places.
Extremely detailed, these creations range from shredded wheat tiled roofs to handmade icicles. Scene layouts such as “The Grinch” themed house featured Whoville residents holding hands around the Christmas tree, while the Grinch surveyed the scene from a window in the house. The entries were used to create a giant town around the Christmas tree in Davidson Hall, the cafeteria. The scene included a train set chugging faithfully round and round the huge display, making this a one of a kind site to behold. There was no fee charged, and likely never will be, to view the trees and attendees can make future showings a night by dining in Davidson Hall, which offers an abundant selection of meals, soups, salads, sandwiches, and hot meals to the public.
The creativity of the Saint Anselm College students was evident in all of the 100 gingerbread creations displayed. There was a box for voting for favorite creations of gingerbread masterpieces, and the top three teams received $400, $200, or $100.
If you didn’t get a chance to check out the 2012 competition, here’s a video courtesy of St. Anslem’s:
image courtesy of St. Anselm’s College