Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing. You'll find it at the annual Gingerbread Gallery at the Erie Canal Museum, on Erie Boulevard East in downtown Syracuse.
The exhibit, a holiday tradition, features more than 40 gingerbread constructions on display in storefront windows and under glass on the museum's second floor.
The pieces, many quite intricate, are made by amateur and professional bakers, as family projects and by children.
The only thing that's missing is the pungent, comforting aroma of gingerbread baking in the oven.
And this far into the run of the exhibit, some creations are starting to topple.
In addition to the usual gingerbread houses, the display includes churches, inns, villages, canal scenes, a beach house and even a Native American longhouse crafted from gingerbread.
It's always a thrill to see the constructions, the thought, creativity and work that goes into them and the interesting edible ingredients used to embellish them.
We spotted shredded wheat cereal, graham crackers and pretzels for roofing material; sticks of gum and Starburst candies for sidewalks and masonry; sleighs fashioned from candy canes; linguine cut to fit the seat and back of a park bench; and candy decorations galore, like M&Ms, gum drops, licorice, Hershey Kisses, you name it.
We barely got our house decorated and Christmas cards out this year (no wonder our friend who works in retail decks the halls for the season on Thanksgiving Day) but we swear we're going to design a gingerbread dream house, read the contest rules early and create something totally spectacular and over-the-top for next year's event.
Sounds like a good plan NOW, right Annie?
The Gingerbread Gallery remains open at the Erie Canal Museum through Sunday, Jan. 3. The museum is closed New Year's Day. Admission is $5 for adults. For hours and more information, visit the museum's Web site.