I have a friend whose mother was born on December 25, and her parents thought it only appropriate to name her Christmas Carol. Embracing her namesake, Christmas Carol started building elaborate gingerbread houses each season with some of her creations even made it on to the local news — true story. But you don't have to be named after the merriest holiday of all time to create a show-stopping gingerbread house. In fact, there are many amazing gingerbread houses crafted by people all over the world, whose monikers don’t reflect the holiday season.
The variety of these creations range from quaint cottages to elaborate palaces, with every type of imaginable shelter in between. No matter what incarnation of gingerbread lodging, it is easy to agree that some of these confection-constructed establishments are truly jaw-dropping masterpieces. The skill of making a gingerbread house that doesn't collapse is enough to impress me, but add to that all the intricate details and beautiful touches, and I am forever in awe of these architect’s talent. So as you prepare for your own gingerbread house construction, take a look at these seven amazing creations that are sure to make your jaw drop and mouth water.