It’s the season for gingerbread and 34 gingerbread houses fill the lobby of William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

The Fort Bliss hospital started a gingerbread house contest last year during the pandemic to raise spirits for patients and staff. Now, it’s an annual holiday tradition.

Angela Kocherga was there when the winners were announced on Dec. 20 and she produced this audio postcard. It features hospital activities chairperson Dr. Nina Shah and some of the team members who put their baking and building skills to the test and won first place in the contest.

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Listen to the story of the gingerbread house contest at William Beaumont Army Medical Center.
A gingerbread house with a gum drop garden is among the entries in the William Beaumont Army Medical Center’s contest. The contest started during the pandemic last year to raise spirits. (Angela Kocherga/El Paso Matters)

Cover photo: Soldiers from the nutrition care department at William Beaumont Army Medical Center won the hospital’s gingerbread house contest with a design based on the White House. (Angela Kocherga/El Paso Matters)

Angela Kocherga is multimedia editor for El Paso Matters. She has dedicated her career as a journalist to reporting stories on both sides of the border for readers, viewers and public radio listeners....