2021 Holiday Doors

Welcome to Thursday Doors! This is a weekly challenge for people who love doors and architecture to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos, drawings, or other images or stories from around the world. If you’d like to join us, simply create your own Thursday Doors post each (or any) week and then share a link to your post in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time). If you like, you can add our badge to your post.

My favorite holiday doors are the doors of the gingerbread houses entered into the annual contest at Old Sturbridge Village during Christmas by Candlelight. The source of the doors remains the same, but the doors are always different.

Last week was the anniversary of Thursday Doors moving to No Facilities. As the posts this month carry much news, I chose to recognize that even in the Sunday Recap post. If you missed the post, it’s over here.

Speaking of news, next week marks and ending and a beginning. Next Thursday, you are encouraged to choose and share your favorite doors from 2021. For people who post regularly, choosing can be difficult. This will be the final Thursday Doors post for 2021. Sharing your favorite doors is optional, but I find it nice to look back now and begin 2022 with new doors.

Next Thursday also marks the beginning of the Second Annual Thursday Doors Badge contest. We’ve proudly displayed the badge from Suzanne at Picture Retirement, but a new year is coming and it’s time for a new badge.

Next week, I will share the complete rules for the contest. Entries for the contest are welcome until December 30th at midnight EST (or perhaps earlier, if we begin get too many entries – that rule will be explained).

I hope you enjoy the doors I’ve included in the gallery. I also hope you’ll take a few minutes to view the holiday (or not) doors offered by others.

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    • They will be on display for over a month. I don’t think anyone will want to eat them. On the other hand, my guess is a lot of the building material was eaten during the construction process ;-)

      Thanks for your wonderful doors today,

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  1. What a fabulous journey through gingerbread delights! I especially love the Dr. Seuss house. Don’t you know he/she/they had so much fun creating it? Thanks for sharing, Dan. 🌞🌟🌞

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  2. These are wonderful! Such fun to look at and to imagine the people who made them. I wonder how much extra material must be gathered for the munching, which surely is obligatory. What a lovely visit to childhood! Thank you!

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    • That was my thought, Maureen. Working with pretzels and M&Ms would be a disaster with me in the room. There would certainly be supply like issues for those building materials. The Shredded Wheat would be safe. I love that they built entire scenes.

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  3. These gingerbread houses are outstanding! But I have to ask, why isn’t the Editor editing your posts? Third one from the bottom, your caption has me laughing out loud….MILD DUDS STONED, PRETZEL FIRE WOOD AND PRETZEL DOC. This is priceless! You definitely typed these captions after the hot chocolate w/peppermint schnapps!

    The one I love the best is the “earthquake” house. Looks exactly how mine would look if I attempted to make a gingerbread house!

    These were all created by some very talented people. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the laugh!

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    • The Editor is never at fault for captions, Ginger, as. I add them after the post is written. Lately, I’ve been running so late that she hasn’t been editing the posts either, So, if you find a typo, it’s on me.

      The earthquake house would be my entry as well, unless I allowed to bring in mini tools. I agree that these ware some talented people. I’m sure I would have gained weight during construction.


  4. Oh, I really like the one with Santa and reindeer on the roof, but there are a few more I really like too! It’s so hard to choose a favorite! I do know I wish my own Gingerbread houses came out as well. They don’t mine are more between the one that collapsed and a big mess. These are fun!

    Here’s my Christmas Door link this week. https://wordpress.com/post/circadianreflections.com/16755

    Happy Anniversary Dan! May there be many more years of Thursday Doors! 😀🎄

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  5. These are so cute! M & M paths, peanut paths, shredded wheat roofs–some people are so creative! The earthquake made me smile–way to recover a project! This was a fun post, Dan.

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  6. […] This week we have a couple daycare moments to share as well as the obligatory ‘normal’ doors. Not a lot to say since the photos are self-explanatory and I want to allow you plenty of time to visit other door entries. They will be well worth your time! And I hope you’ll enjoy my rendition of Holiday Doors per request by our fearless leader, Dan at No Facilities. […]

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  7. I so love seeing the talents offered up in the decorating of Gingerbread Houses. This is still on my ‘to-do’ list! Thank you Dan for a fabulous year of door features and educational posts. I look forward to a new year of doors with all. Merry Christmas to you!

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  8. These are all great, Dan, but the earthquake one had me laughing. Although these are made of gingerbread, they remind me of those little houses/businesses that I found on the front yard of a house in Redondo Beach and shared some weeks ago.

    Thanks for hosting one of my favorite challenges and thanks to Norm for starting it.

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  9. All the gingerbread constructs are impressive, but the Dr. Seuss house is my favorite. That could not have been easy. I love the taste of gingerbread, so I’d be very tempted to eat the one that had the earthquake.

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    • Thanks Natalie. You’ve had a great year as well. I see we’re both taking a nice break for the holidays.

      I have a hard time choosing a favorite although I do like the one I said looks like Dr. Seuss built it.

      I love your post today. That photo on the ice is amazing.


  10. Oh my goodness, Dan!! How I LOVED this post!! The ingenuity and the creativity in these displays stunned me. The Dr. Seuss one I can’t even begin to think how much time that one involved. The earthquake how I laughed out loud at that one. Every single one I adored and brought out the kid in me. Thank you so much for sharing this magic with us. My spirit is lifted by all I saw!!

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  11. Hi Dan – they are so creative – loved seeing them all … I guess someone had an early guzzle. Brilliant – great you included so many for us to see … cheers Hilary

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