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Santa's tropical paradise takes top prize

Thursday, December 22, 2011

It looks more like Santa's sunbathing on the beach instead of getting ready for the biggest night of the year. This gingerbread beach house, pictured above, was the winning creation in this year's Cox Monett Hospital interdepartmental gingerbread house decorating contest, submitted by the Radiology Department. This is the second year the hospital has hosted the interdepartmental contest. [Times Photos by Melonie Roberts
For the second year, Cox Monett Hospital hosted an interdepartmental gingerbread house decorating contest, with this year's winning entry submitted by the radiology department.

The entry depicts Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus sunbathing on a sandy beach while Rudolph and an elf swim nearby.

"Not only do our employees know how to take care of patients, but they are creative and know how to decorate gingerbread houses," said Janelle Patton, administrative director at the hospital. "What they come up with year to year amazes me."

The second place winner, submitted by the Food and Nutrition Services Department, is pictured above. [Times Photos by Melonie Roberts]
Each department starts on a level playing field, receiving from the dietary department four gingerbread walls and a roof. The rest of their holiday-themed gingerbread creation is limited only by the imagination of the employees in each department.

Other entries this year included a backyard tree-house on stilts surrounded by a gingerbread man fence, a zebra-striped cottage with stacked cookie Christmas trees in the yard and a teapot.

"Each time I look at these eight entries, I find something new," Patton said. "One has a candy corn campfire, and another has Cheese Nips for windows."

The entire gingerbread village, pictured below, is on display in the lobby of Cox Monett Hospital throughout the remainder of this week. [Times Photos by Melonie Roberts]
All ingredients used in the making of the gingerbread creations are edible.

"This is part of an ongoing tradition for the hospital," Patton said. "We started by decorating doors, then decorated wreaths. Now, for the second year, we have decorated gingerbread houses. It's something fun for the employees to do during the holidays."

Each department has about two weeks to work on their entry.

Winner of this year's contest will receive the traveling trophy and a pizza party.

The gingerbread village will be on display in the hospital lobby during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the rest of the week. The public is invited to view this year's entries.

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