We have a new holiday tradition in our family that began last year. Instead of buying each other gifts or doing the usual secret Santa, white elephant or other type of gift exchange, we decided to have a friendly gingerbread house building competition with a cash prize! The "buy in" was $10 per person and jackpot on the line was $160! All names went into a jar for a blind pairing of 2 man teams. A one hour time limit was set. And no pre-made house forms! All teams were provided with packs of graham crackers and a bag of homemade royal icing. Colleen and I shopped for all kinds of different toppings and candies to provide the teams. There were candies flying and messes made and at the end of the hour, Trevor and Tori skyped in from out of town to serve as our impartial judging panel (they had no idea whose house was whose or which of us were paired together). We cannot wait to do this again!