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A real-life gingerbread house! Known for her amazing themed home decorations, Christine McConnell showed her holiday spirit with this giant gingerbread house makeover. The incredible décor took a staggering effort of seven full 15-hour days of work to complete.

When Christine McConnell decorates her house for the holidays, she decorates her house. Literally. She decorates the whole thing.

With Christmas fast approaching, the house has been decked out in peppermint candy trim and giant gingerbread man cookies. Decorating the house to this degree of detail was no small feat. After a few weeks of brainstorming, taking inspiration particularly from Clark Griswold’s Christmas efforts in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, she jumped into the Herculean task. 

It took seven full 15-hour days in what Christine said was “easily the most labor-intensive project I’ve taken on.” She called painting the candy canes with their trademark red stripes the “fun part.” But the “icing” posed a bit more of a challenge. The nylon rope icing proved difficult to actually drape over the roof; however, the struggle was well worth the effort, as we can all see from the finished product.


The crafty decorator used nylon rope netting to create the icing effect on the roof. She admitted it wasn’t the easiest part of the project.

The painting of the candy canes and peppermint candies, on the other hand, was the fun part of the endeavor.

Christine’s nieces, Chloe and Keira, posed as Hansel and Gretel in this photo shoot.

The holiday decorations truly come to life at night. The lights perfectly showcase the beautiful details.

Home Buyers and Sellers Being Rewarded During "Intense" Holiday Market:

  • Inventory Critically Low.
  • Housing Market "Red Hot" this holiday season.
  • Buyers finding less competition and are taking advantage of rates before they increase.
  • Pending sales increase by 10% continuing drop in available inventory.

KIRKLAND, Washington (December 4, 2015) – Inventory remains "critically low," but there are fewer house-hunters in the hunt during this holiday season so motivated sellers and buyers are seeing success, according to brokers with Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Its just-released statistics for November show year-over-year gains in pending sales, closed sales, and prices, but a steep decline in inventory.

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