In 2005, EA and Stratics worked together to hold a holiday decoration contest for the upcoming Christmas time. The winner would have their customized house made into a veteran reward mini house.
I decided to take part in the contest and went to work designing with the customization tool. After many trials and errors, I came up with this snowflake shaped building which, when viewed from the minimap, presented a snowflake shape.
Once it was ready from the outside, I worked further to think of something neat I could do with the lower levels and decided to represent the country I lived in - Finland - with a classic log sauna. Who wouldn't want to warm up in the middle of the winter!
Although I didn't win, I did place 3rd place and got some free game time, which was cool. :-)
Check this link to see the other winners on the official contest page.