Don't know if this belongs here or on the miscellaneous board... my little sister and I decided that, instead of a gingerbread house, we'd make a gingerbread Egyptian pyramid. This is a somewhat rough-and-ready prototype - next year maybe we'll do it again with greater precision, and score lines to represent the join between stones.
Maybe Mary,Joseph, and the baby Jesus passed a pyramid during the flight into Egypt in Matthew 2: http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=97249562
! At any rate, this is in better Yuletide taste than the handmade "slaughter of the innocents" theme Christmas decoration my friend put up one year (see Matthew 2 for that one also).
Animal crackers, set into melted hard candy bases, repose under the shade of the melted-life-saver palms (which I described how to make here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=284060.msg3218293#msg3218293
Random things we learned:
-Making a cardboard skeleton covers over a multitude of construction sins. We made a cardboard pyramid (with one diagonal internal support to prevent flexing - triangles are a very strong shape) and then covered it with waxed paper, to which we attached the gingerbread facing with icing that happened to be green. This allowed us to use gingerbread that is actually soft enough that we might want to eat it, and normal, yummy decorator icing rather than rocklike royal icing.
-If you want the same proportions as the Great Pyramid of Giza, you can make cut out 4 triangles which are 11 inches at the base and 9 inches high, and then lean them together. (I did the math). However, the finished pyramid won't fit onto a standard cookie sheet for display, so you might want to scale it down.
-Trim your gingerbread to its precise shape after it comes out of the oven, while it's still warm. But be more precise than we were here - we got it too small and had to fill in the cracks with fragments. Or maybe that's just the millennia of weathering?
-Speaking of weathering, as I put on my other post, melted-life-saver sculpture is awesome, but under highish humidity and upper-70s temperatures it progresses from sticky to downright melting in a couple days. Maybe it would last longer someplace where there was a discernable winter going on.