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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Spreading Holiday Cheer

Upon stepping into the hotel lobby you are hit with the smell of fresh baked gingerbread.  As if someone had just pulled gingerbread cookies straight from the oven.  However it is not the smell of fresh baked cookies frosted and shaped like little men you are smelling.  No you are actually smelling the thousands of brick size gingerbread cookies that make up a life sized gingerbread house!
Constructed of 4,000 Pounds of Edible Gingerbread.  Measuring 16 feet tall and 12 feet long and made of 3,600 gingerbread bricks, 400 cookie roof shingles and 800 pounds of flour, which sit smack dab in the middle of the hotel lobby!  This projected went underway in July and was competed and ready for a ribbon ceremony on December 1st!
The reason behind this massive project of holiday cheer?  Simple,  you see Rochester is home to the Mayo Clinic.
And thousands upon thousands of people/families travel to Rochester year round to receive top of the line medical care.  The Kahler thought it would be nice to provide out of town guests (many who are here to go through the clinic) with a spirit lifter this holiday season while they stay at the hotel.  I have to say stepping into the sugar filled lobby, entranced with the smell of gingerbread brought a smile to my face.  I felt like a child again, enjoying the simple marvel of a house made entirely of candy and cookies.  Not only was the house a marvel to look at, but the meaning behind this gesture speaks volumes to the staff of the hotel.   A gesture that shows thoughtfulness, caring, and compassion for other peoples feelings!
This simple act of holiday cheer, and thought for others is what I am loving this Wednesday!
So I have one simple question for you today! 
How are you spreading Holiday cheer to others this holiday season?
Happy Holidays everyone!