How many journalists does it take to build a gingerbread house? If the pictures over on the So Salem blog are any indication, it takes a whole roomful.
Unfortunately, even with that many hands ready to help, the So Salem gingerbread house (which was created as an entry for Salem’s Gingerbread Festival) suffered a natural disaster: the roof caved in. They’re blaming it on Santa; saying he landed on the roof in a sled so heavy with gifts (and his own fat butt) that he caused the roof to cave.
It’s a shame, too, because what a fine gingerbread house it is otherwise. Note the marshmallow snowman, the candy trees, the peppermint window panes. Somebody (an elf tells me it was mostly So Salem reporter Miranda Adkins) went to a lot of trouble on that place before Santa rolled in and ruined it all. You can still see his little hat poking up out of the destruction.
Now, instead of having “Salem” emblazoned on the side of the house in green frosting, I’m afraid we’re going to have to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency (the North Pole branch, of course), to come in with the blaze orange spray paint and mark this sucker for demolition. I’ll help out — I’ll take the cookie tree off their hands.
Well, anyone who tries to make a gingerbread house gets an “A” for effort in my book. I’ve never done it myself, so I don’t have any idea what might have gone wrong. If anyone has tips for the team, post them here or over on the So Salem blog.