Last year, Tate Lovett and his dad built a 5-foot gingerbread house in their Folsom home. So of course, this year, they had to top that.
It took less than a month. With the help of his family and friends, Tate created a 15-foot gingerbread house, using 700 blocks of gingerbread and lollipops, donuts, candy canes, gumdrops, licorice, marshmallows, peppermint, and coconut shavings.
The 17-year-old is an avid video blogger (or vlogger) on YouTube.
"I was thinking 'What's the tightest holiday video I could do for my YouTube Channel?'" said Tate.
Tate said he had help from his parents, sister, grandparents, family, friends, even city council and local radio personalities.
"We bought all the wood, built outer frame," said Tate. "Everyone in one room made frosting, put these one by one on for a whole day. Right after that we decorated."
Tate said he is letting visitors come to his home to check out his gingerbread house, mostly on weekends in December. He said for the exact address, you have to pay attention in the gingerbread behind-the-scenes video.
Visitors can take pictures with the gingerbread house and Santa. All Tate is asking for is donations of $25 or more to help keep up the house and for his charity of choice, the Thirst Project, a non-profit that is aiming to provide clean drinking water for Swaziland.