A Sweet Tradition

By: Kristen Cosby
By: Kristen Cosby

December 22, 2005
Many of us are baking for Christmas. But imagine whipping up 350 gingerbread houses. It’s what one Aiken school does every year. News 12 takes you to a sweet tradition at St. Mary’s Help of Christians School.

The recipe for a fun day at school: 350 homemade gingerbread houses, gallons of meringue icing, and candy as far as the eye can see. Mix them together and you’ll bake up a pretty happy bunch of students.

“It’s fun. It takes us out of class and I get to have a lot of candy and the icing is great,” Ashton Norris said.

Kids have decorated homemade gingerbread houses at St. Mary’s Help of Christians School for 15 years, thanks to Athletic Director Joan Labone.

“It’s part of my heritage. I come from a German background. I love to bake and there is nothing more fun than playing with your food,” Labone said.

Parent volunteers bake and build the houses. Then it’s the kids job to get creative.

“That’s the chimney and that’s the roof and the door,” one student said.

“On the front I have two big eyes,” another student said.

This day is so popular that even teachers have a table.

When it comes time to decorate, these kids need lots of candy. They go through 30 bags of M&M’s, 60 bags of skittles, and 60 bags of Hershey kisses. And much of that candy is going into little mouths.

“I like to eat a lot of the candy,” another student said.

A sweet tradition building Christmas memories for years to come.


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