Thursday, December 15, 2011

gingerbread houses

One never knows quite what one's going to find in the Albuquerque Airport - but I've never previously seen a large display of gingerbread houses - thirty or forty of them, all ranged round a big Christmas tree.  And these have all been constructed by different groups - everything from the workers at restaurants who have branches there to the people who are on the crew of particular airlines (the folks at Delta seem especially gifted in this respect).  But who knew?  Did people go to classes in how to put together not just chunks of gingerbread, but tiny graham crackers, and marshmallows, and pinwheel mints?  One display even managed little miniature gingerbread airplanes.  The whole circular village of these little houses added up to an extraordinary display of vernacular kitsch.

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