Life-size gingerbread village on carrier spreads holiday cheer


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Forget a gingerbread house — this year, sailors aboard carrier John C. Stennis built an entire gingerbread village.

The two-week project used 60 pans of gingerbread, baked with more than 700 pounds of flour, 120 pounds of brown sugar and 15 gallons of molasses, according to a Navy press release.

Sailors aboard the carrier celebrated the holidays with hot cocoa and chocolate chip cookies while admiring the village covered in lights and garlands when it was unveiled Dec. 9.

“We wanted to give the crew a sense of hominess,” Culinary Specialist Seaman Kari Sheldon said in the release. “Even though we’re deployed, I wanted the crew to feel the holiday spirit the way they would if they were home with their loved ones.”

The carrier is currently deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operations.

How do you celebrate the holidays on deployment?


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  1. Wow This is awesome!! Thank you so much for making a taste of one for our Sailors deployed and for giving them a little of Christmas!!! As a mom of one who will most likely be deployed, I appreciate people like Kari Sheldon and those who go beyond to brighten our Sailors holidays! Those who sacrifice so much to serve their country.

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