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Largest gingerbread house for charity gets us in the Christmas spirit

 
 
 
 
 
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Well if this doesn't get you in the holiday spirit, we're not sure anything but a personal visit from Santa Claus would do the trick.

Texas A&M Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas, USA, was recently certified as building the largest gingerbread house, not only completed in time for Christmas, but also built with the aim of raising money for charity this holiday season.

The final measurements? An internal volume of 1,110.1 m³ (39,201.8 ft³), a length of 18.28 m (60 ft), width of 12.8 m (42 ft) and height of 3.07 m (10.1 ft) at its tallest point.

Visitors were able enter the record-breaking home - which could house a family of five - and meet Santa for a cost of $3 per adult and $2 per child. Proceeds from these ticket sales were donated to nearby St. Joseph's Children's Hospital to construct a new trauma center, with the house raising more than $150,000.

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"Everybody got excited that we were trying to do this," said Bill Horton, general manager of Traditions Club. "90% of all of the product was donated … from lumber to electrical supplies to eggs, brown sugar, powdered sugar, nutmeg and ginger."

The house was - as per record requirements - edible. Although beware to those on a holiday diet: the combination of baking ingredients and sweets meant the construction totaled 35,823,400 calories!

Coverage of the massive house spread nationally and globally, with the story picked up by Today, CBS News, and The Telegraph, among others.

The record broken by Traditions had stood for more than 7 years. And now you can see this massive and delicious edifice come to life in 60 seconds with this time-lapse video. 

Looking for that perfect last-minute stocking stuffer? The Guinness World Records 2014 edition is on sale now. See a full list of where to find it here.

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