VIDEO: Architects of Christmas

Gingerbread houses constructed – and devoured – at the Boys and Girls Club Langley Wednesday night

For realtor Matthew Rufh, brick and mortar homes were replaced with gingerbread and icing sugar on Wednesday night.

The 4th annual Gingerbread Competition brought out creative – and hungry – kids to the Boys and Girls Club of Langley for an evening filled with plenty of sugar, holiday cheer, and well… sugar!

Rufh, a realtor with Royal LePage Wolstencroft, started the tradition in 2016 by donating gingerbread kits to correspond with the number houses his team sold in the Fraser Valley.

“It went from eight the first year, to 17, to 30, to 31 this year,” Rufh said. “Some families don’t have money in the cards for their kids to build a gingerbread house, so we’re giving back to the youth of today and creating smiles.”

The kits came from Costco, something Rufh turned into a holiday adventure.

READ MORE: Langley businesses spend hours creating detailed displays for Gingerbread Walk contest

“I went prancing through Costco getting all of these gingerbread kits in an elf costume,” Rufh laughed.

But it was all worth it to put a smile, and some icing, on the kid’s faces.

Armed with a variety of colourful candies, and even, on one particularly house for creative flair, a five dollar bill – each house was judged on three categories; creativity, traditional style, and realtor’s choice.

Though Rufh said he was never a member on the Boys and Girl Club, the program is still close to the Langley realtor’s heart.

“It’s such a good program,” he assured.

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