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Building a family tradition

Gabriella Sharpe, 3, looks in amazement at a Halloween-themed gingerbread house that is part of the annual Gingerbread Village at the Church of the Magdalen. Dozens of sugar-coated houses are on on display and for purchase. Funds raised by the the display and sale go to the Assistance League of Wichita.
Gabriella Sharpe, 3, looks in amazement at a Halloween-themed gingerbread house that is part of the annual Gingerbread Village at the Church of the Magdalen. Dozens of sugar-coated houses are on on display and for purchase. Funds raised by the the display and sale go to the Assistance League of Wichita. The Wichita Eagle

Holiday traditions are often passed from generation to generation, but a tradition has to start somewhere. For three sisters from Wichita, that tradition started Friday at the Gingerbread Village, a fundraiser for the Assistance League of Wichita.

Patty Ferris has been taking her children to the annual event to make gingerbread houses for five or six years, but this is the first year two of her sisters joined her.

"The kids love it," she said. "I love it. It's become our family tradition."

She said her favorite part is that all of the prep work is done, and all she has to do is put it all together.

"The mess is somewhere else," Ferris said. "Not in my home."

Through the years she's noticed that each time her

kids will make something different and unique.

"Their personalities come out with it," she said. "Everybody has their own creativity."

Ferris' sisters, Cheryl Stasiak and Cathy Torres, were impressed by what they saw and plan to return next year.

"This is awesome," Stasiak said. "We didn't know what to expect."

Stasiak brought her three children and said she thought they got a sugar high just from walking in the room at the Church of the Magdalen and seeing all of the gingerbread houses. But she isn't concerned about them eating too many of the treats while they work.

"It's a once-a-year thing," she said. "It's kind of like a little party for them."

Cathy Torres came to help her nieces and nephews, but she also worked on a house of her own. She had never built one before, but she had a theory.

"The more color, the prettier they are," she said. "That's the plan. More color."

The expert of the group might have been Ferris' oldest daughter, Cecilia. She's been making gingerbread houses for a few years and said she really enjoys it. She said it isn't much fun to plan what she's going to do, so she just makes it up as she goes.

"We just have an imagination," she said. "That's all you need."

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