Welcome to D’s Gingerbread Village!

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Last night I walked the two short blocks from my apartment to the Savannah River and took the water taxi (officially known as the Savannah Belles Ferry) across the river to the beautiful Westin resort on Hutchinson Island.

Why?  Several reasons:

1.  I will use any excuse to get on a ferry boat.

2.  I always really wanted to be a mariner.

3.  I like little sailor outfits.

4.  I could see the big Christmas tree in the Westin from near my place:

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5.  The Westin has the coolest Gingerbread House competition each year–which they display in their waterfront lobby.

6.  Grandson Daniel’s …

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… 2nd grade class won 3rd place in the Children’s Division of the competition.  (Not bragging, but I won third place one time in a spelling bee; however, I don’t want to steal D’s glory.  But FYI, I would have gone home with the top prize had I not spelled Georgia with a “J” instead of a “G.”  Nerves.)

Seriously, I was blown away by some of the entries this year.

But allow me to get the granddaddy-ing out of the way Real Quick.  Here’s Daniel’s class entry:

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It’s a row of River Street buildings.  You know, maybe Daniel should be an architect.

And here’s the thumbs-up pic I texted to D.

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Of course, Daniel’s masterpiece was by far the best, but in the spirit of fair play, here are a few others.

A stunning replica of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’s Mercer House (created by adults who obviously have far too much time on their hands).

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And the Westin itself.

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You can do that … with GINGERBREAD!?

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The Savannah Bridge.

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And the ferry I boarded to cross the river.

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Other samplings.

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Such fun.  Such holiday joy.

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I encourage you to take time to breathe in the Happiness of the Holiday.

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(The only real disappointment:  They didn’t let you eat any of the entries.  Not even a bite.  As if a one nibble from the back of the Westin replica wudda hurt anybody.)

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