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EXHIBIT | "Sweet Creations": Gingerbread House Display 

It's no secret that the commercial holiday season now begins immediately after Halloween. And while most of the ways this manifests earn a giant eye roll or a rant, there are a few cheerful traditions that are welcome as soon as the weather turns. For example, when I went to see an exhibit at George Eastman House (900 East Avenue) earlier this month, the museum was in full seasonal swing, adorned with wreaths, lights, and tabletop trees, bringing a welcome pop of green life to the drearier days.

In addition to the decorations, the spiced and cozy scent of gingerbread wafts through the air, originating from more than 60 ornate gingerbread structures created by professional bakers, families, and community groups, which are displayed throughout the museum. This is the 19th annual "Sweet Creations: Gingerbread House Display," and each creation is available for purchase via silent auction through December 1, with proceeds benefiting future restoration projects at Eastman House. George Eastman House will also hold its annual Holiday Homecoming event on Thursday, December 11, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $14 for adults; $12 for seniors; $5 for students; and free for children 12 and under. For more information, call 271-3361 or visit eastmanhouse.org.

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