Are you ready? Would you like to know who won Ginger 2017 – the sweetest battle on the planet? Excellent. We’ll get to that, but first I’d like to delve into the history of gingerbread. We’ll begin in ancient Greece and then tour through centuries of spiced baked goods and construction techniques.

A favourite treat at medieval European fairs and festivals, gingerbread has evolved considerably with the passage of time –

No? Not interested? Alright, my little pork chops! Here we go!

After some serious deliberation, the 2017 Ginger Panel has selected our champions:

1st PLACE: Sharon’s Tudor House

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Education for the win! Heather Johnson (Ginger 2017 panelist and professional educator) wrote:

I’m pretty sure the Tudor House is made of resin. I sold an ornament just like that when I worked at Christmas in the Rockies in 1993.

I think Heather has neatly summed up what a lot of us were thinking: THIS CAN’T BE REAL. Sharon, your entry was truly jaw-dropping! Your victory is well deserved.

2nd PLACE: Cindy’s Sweet House Avec Dead Body

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Sib Pye (Ginger Expert) consulted with his wife and daughter before making his final judgement. Of Cindy’s entry he wrote:

We love the ambiguity of the body on the lawn, reminds us of our front yard two Christmases ago, and that floor is spectacular, we would love to have that in our own home, although suspect it would be sticky and attract ants in the summer. 

Aren’t you glad you didn’t throw this masterpiece in the dumpster, Cindy? That’s some great gingering there!

Aside: is anyone else wondering what happened on Sib’s lawn two years ago?

2017 PEOPLE’S CHOICE PRIZE: Stephanie’s Holiday Hoedown

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The Internet says:

Yaaaasssss, gurl!

Stephanie’s entry garnered more online votes than any other creation this year. Well done, Stephanie! Three cheers for bringin’ the heat!

Congrats Sharon, Cindy and Stephanie! Note: all three of these gingerbread geniuses are return competitors. If at first you don’t succeed…

I’d like to send a huge thank you out to the members of the Ginger Panel. These poor people were placed in the unenviable position of picking a winner from 15 glorious entries, and received nothing in return. Thank you for your service. And thanks for making high school, like, the best time ever!

I’d also like to thank all of this year’s competitors. I can personally attest to the amount of time and energy that goes into creating ginger masterpieces like the ones we’ve seen this week, and I appreciate all you’ve done to support my blog and annual competitions. You have inspired the masses with your ingenuity and humour. Thanks for being such good sports, for letting me make fun of you, and for being so supportive of your fellow competitors. I hope you had as much fun as I did!

In an online world so often filled with negativity, I am happy to have had the opportunity to share some good cheer and incredible gingering with the world wide webernets.

Happy holidays, friends!

xox movita


  1. Barb Amabile on December 22, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Congratulations to all the winners and participants too! Thank you movita for hosting another fun contest and Happy Holidays to all!

    • Stephanie Ruanto on December 22, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      What fun! Congrats to all the fellow gingerbreaders! Inspirational ginger throw down! Thanks to movita B for hosting this and making it THE best gingerbread contest out there.
      Stephanie R. Bowling Green, KY

  2. dayuntoday on December 22, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Yes, Sib!! Way to leave us hanging! Sounds a bit un-Christmasy.

    And I am so happy that Sharon took first, especially after I never got around to casting my vote for her. Well-deserved! All of them were great! And I am totally stealing Cindy’s sweet floor for my house this year. I never get around to making mine in time to enter the contest, but it’s in the works right now!

  3. Bonnie on December 23, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    You always spread good cheer with your wonderful posts. Merry Christmas.

  4. Cyndy on December 28, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    To all those Gingers that entered – whoot, whoot!!! Great job. This is going on year #2 that I haven’t made a gingerbread creation and I’m thinking that I have to get back in the the swing of Ginger soon before I have to got to Ginger therapy!! Hope to see you next year with an entry. May you all have a wonderful new year!

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