Best of Show and Adult First Place Kristen Snow and her Gingerbread Lighthouse

As with the Gardner’s I was able to pop in to snap a few pictures of Kristen and her Gingerbread Lighthouse.  As far as she can recall, it took her around 16 hours to create this masterpiece.   I asked her if it was modeled after Lego Lighthouse Island.  Interestingly, even with 3 young boys, she has not seen this recent release by Lego.  Rather, she was inspired by a Coastal Living article.  I don’t much care from where the inspiration came, her work was fabulous.  Thanks Kristen for entering and all your hard work.  We will all be looking forward to next year to see what eye candy, you create!


I know, I know we need pictures…

We will get all the pictures soon, but for now


1st place in the Family Category and Best of Show runner up- Hagrid’s Hut submitted by the Gardner Family- Mike, Karen, Allison, Matthew, Eve and Kate.  I heard learning the pinch pots from Joel School Art Class came in handy for Eve as she made the pots and the owl-did you see that owl-pretty good for 1st grade!  Pumpkins and Hagrid by Allison and Matthew-well done.  A true family affair-can’t wait to see what this family has up their sleeve for next year!!!


Wow over 50 entries-thank you everyone!!

The award winners for the first ever Christmas In Clinton Clinton Gingerbread Decorating Contest.  I get photos up as soon as I can-because there were some fantastic entries!!


Award Winners

Best of Show:

Kristen Snow-Giant Lighthouse with 99 votes

Best of Show Runner-Up:

Gardner Family-Hagrid’s Hut with 90 votes

Pre K

1st Place:  Ashlee Brown

2nd Place: Camryn Mazzarella

K-3rd grades

1st: Aiden Pawelek

2nd: Shane Brown

3rd: Kristina Seeger

4th-5th grades

1st:  Jenna Scanlon

2nd:  JP Nye

6th-8th grades

1st: Carlie Scanlon

2nd: Madison Seeger

3rd: Georgia Nye

There were no HS entries.


1st: Kristen Snow

2nd: Tina Gagliardi

3rd: Laura Brown


1st Gardner Family

2nd Church Family

3rd Esposito Family


1st H. Pearce

2nd Le Creuset

3rd The Pretty Committee


Most Delicious Looking:  Amendola Family

Most Christmas Spirit: Kitty Short and Grace Roman

Most Traditional Gingerbread:  Tina Gagliardi


Are you in a last minute panic, about using a kit?

While the rules state kits and graham crackers are allowed for the Pre-K and K-3rd grade categories, anyone may use a kit.  For those who use kits outside those categories you will have points taken off from your total judging score.  See if a kit is what you have-so be it, decorate it, and still enter!!

Please don’t worry, have fun and we will happily take all criticism about the overall event so that we can improve for next year!


As a reminder, if you are entering the contest please bring your completed, ready for judging house to the Fellowship Hall (east side of church)at the Congregational Church (across from Clinton Town Hall) on SUNDAY, December 4th between 12-2:30pm.  You will fill out a short entry form when you get there.  There are no entry fees.  You will have a choice to either donate your house for a silent auction or you must return at 6pm to take your house home.  You may want some cash on you as we will be selling tickets to those wishing to vote for Best of Show.  The public will be allowed to view the houses and also purchase tickets to vote for Best of Show.  All the money raised from the voting tickets and the silent auction will be donated to the Families Helping Families Oil Fund.


Entry Submition:  SUNDAY, Dec. 4th, 12-2:30pm  First Congregational Church


Public Viewing : 3pm-6pm



Judging Criteria

For those of you who have been following along here and on Facebook via Clinton Gingerbread you know about the fabulous prizes-including the people’s choice, Best of Show award,a photo shoot from Amy Trahant at Take Aim Photography-take a minute to look at her work, it is fabulous!!  For those of you wondering how the entries will be judged-there will be 5 judges and their score sheets will included the following criteria: overall appearance, originality & creativity, craftsmanship & difficulty, effective use of detail and decoration.  Points will be deducted for use of non-edible components and kits outside the PreK-3 grade categories.

I would love to hear from you all on your plans-will you be a spectator or are you entering, if so humble abode or all out?  Thanks!

It will be magical, just do it!

I know this post will come across as trite as trite can be, but seriously, there is something so magic about gingerbread houses that puts everyone in the spirit.  At our gingerbread party a few years ago, one mom said she overheard the kids’ chatter, “This is the best time of year!”  How sweet?  Kids in the moment and enjoying every part of it.  So come on, gather your last bit of energy and just do it, it doesn’t have to be a master piece, just an effort!  All in the name of putting a smile on a kid-just like this one!