Saturday , 25 January 2020

Life-Size Gingerbread Village Pops Up At Camp Pendleton

By Katie Lange

Kids love the holiday season. It brings cookies, hot cocoa, Santa’s sleigh and all the gifts that come with it, and plenty of spirit to go around.

Two children can’t hide their excitement when they visited a life-size gingerbread village set up at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10, 2019. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kerstin Roberts

But thousands of U.S. military families don’t get to celebrate with all of their loved ones. Many service members are stationed far from home during the holiday season. Others have their immediate families with them, but they still miss out on their favorite traditions with extended family.

One way to make that distance a little more tolerable is to bring the spirit of the season to them.

Many military installations try to make the season bright for their military families. At Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California, the USO recently went all-out creating a life-size gingerbread village to give military families a festive way to enjoy the holidays.

A life-size gingerbread village is set up to help families celebrate the holidays at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10, 2019. USO photo

Santa’s helpers escorted the families inside the houses, where kids were able to decorate cookies, make ornaments and write letters to Old Saint Nick. There was also a hot cocoa bar and – of course – plenty of photo opportunities.

A father and his son decorate cookies at the life-size gingerbread village at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 10, 2019. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kerstin Roberts

Eligible families who visited the gingerbread village also received electronic hubs to take home that show off photos of family and friends. The devices can help them feel more connected with loved ones.

How is your installation celebrating the season this year?

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