• Voting for your favorite photos ends at Dec 24, 2009 12:59 a.m..
Now that Thanksgiving's over, you can officially begin thinking about Christmas cookies (though we admit we've been dreaming about them for months already).
Thus, we challenge you to a Ledger Gingerbread Cookie Decorating Contest, sponsored by Carlton Arms, with a chance to win $100, $75 or $50 in gift certificates to Publix.
Here's what you must do:
Cut out the gingerbread cookie cutter on this template
. This is the size you must use. The legs expand to 5 1/8 inches and the height is 6 1/4 inches. No other sizes will be accepted.
Decorate your cookies. This is not a taste test, but the cookie must be gingerbread. All the decorations must be edible.
Only amateur bakers are allowed to participate.
Once you decorate your very best cookie, snap a photo and submit (or have your parents submit, if you're under age 18) it to our photo upload page
. Only one cookie can be submitted per person. The deadline for submitting photos is Dec. 16.
Starting Dec. 17, the public will get to vote online for the very best decorated cookie. The voting deadline will be Dec. 23.
Winners will be announced Dec. 25. The top three vote-getters will receive gift cards to Publix for $100, $75 or $50, respectively.
Please visit www.theledger.com/gingerbread for full contest rules and eligibility.
• Complete official rules
can be found on the Web site.