We spent—thanks to our church—a couple of days in Asheville: a Christmas Biltmore tour and some post-Christmas shopping for the girls (after procuring some swimming goggles, I no longer had a dog in the shopping hunt, but I did manage to finish my favorite novel—Wuthering Heights—while they shopped).
But the first afternoon we were there, we visited the Grove Park Inn to view the winners of the National Gingerbread Competition.
There were categories for children, youth, teens, and adults and the top ten from each category were on display. Supposedly, everything had to be edible; we weren’t allowed to taste any of them.
Some of the constructions by category are below.
Children: Winner plus two other top tens.
Youth: Winner plus two other top tens.
Teen: Winner plus two other top tens.
Adult: some top tens.
And the winner (which was hard to photograph well as it was behind glass):
The Biltmore visit included no pictures—none allowed inside and it was a driving rain storm at our arrival and departure. But it was an enjoyable tour, the best part was the giant—wonderfully smelling—tree in the main dining room.
We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a Blessed New Year.