It's almost time for the annual National Gingerbread Showcase, where culinary creativity is pushed to its limits, and things are done with gingerbread that may just blow your mind.

Exhibit A: this year's entry from Chef Aaron Lawrence of Catalano Restaurant in Victoria's Magnolia Hotel and Spa.

Yes, that's Rudolph, the red-nosed AT-AT. And why not?

All in good fun and for a good cause, the showcase will be on display at the Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria from Nov. 23 to Jan. 4, with all funds raised going to Habitat For Humanity Victoria.

We know we're not in Ontario, but surely there's room for a killer Rob Ford/Bad Santa entry in here, somewhere? Come on, people...

Check out last year's entries in the slideshow below:

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  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed AT-AT Walker, by Chef Aaron Lawrence of Catalano Restaurant in Victoria's Magnolia Hotel and Spa will be featured in the <a href="http://www.chatterblock.com/events/44405/gingerbread-showcase-2013/" target="_blank">2013 National Gingerbread Showcase</a>.

  • <em>Next: National Gingerbread Showcase 2012 Entries</em>

  • <em>Next: The White House Gingerbread House, 2012</em>

  • The White House's official gingerbread house is now on display in the State Dining Room of the White House.

  • White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses explains his design for the nearly 300-pound gingerbread house of the White House.

  • A detailed shot of Bo, the Obama family dog, in candied form.

  • The White House vegetable garden is replicated as part of the nearl gingerbread house, the theme of which is Joy to All.

  • Another detailed shot of the gingerbread house's "kitchen garden."

  • First lady Michelle Obama welcomed military families, including Gold Star and Blue Star parents, spouses and children, to the White House for the first viewing of the 2012 holiday decorations.

  • Bonus slide: First Lady Obama chows down (or pretends to) on an intense-looking lollipop. The expression on her face is priceless.

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