SWEET TREAT - The 1st Lacombe Sparks club gathered recently for a day of decorating fun

Coming together for good, ol’fashioned Christmas fun

Lacombe Sparks and Brownies leader Traci Anderson carrying on gingerbread house tradition


One Girl Guides leader in Lacombe has been cooking up something extra special with her girls to get into the holiday spirit.

Traci Anderson built 54 gingerbread houses that have been lovingly decorated by Girl Guides and Brownies members to brighten their holidays and get them excited about Christmas.

Anderson said she first learned how to bake the gingerbread houses at a young age, and has been sharing her tradition with the young girls for a few years now, with a great response.

“We end now for Christmas, so this is a really fun way to end our year. It’s a great activity for the kids. I bake the houses and the kids cover them with as much candy as they can possibly hold, so it’s really fun,” she said.

“People think I’m crazy for doing all of that baking, but the girls like it and it’s fun for us so I’ll keep doing it.”

She said the annual activity is one that she looks forward to all year. She said she’s experimented with recipes, putting the houses together with chocolate or different kinds of icing but all in all, the houses remain a simple family recipe made with extra love from the little girls.

The girls decorate the houses, but so does the Anderson family and friends group. The children take them home, and this year extras were donated via a facebook group to people around the community.

“It’s just something fun that we all like doing. It’s fun because every year the girls change their decorating, and some of them throw as much candy on as possible and others take time to make pretty designs and it’s just fun to watch,” she said happily.

Anderson is a local leader for Sparks and Brownies, now in her eighth year of working with the kids. She said she enjoys the activities she’s able to do with the girls, and loves bringing them out of their shells to try new things.

All of the activities the girls do as groups, including overnight trips, crafts and outdoor programs, are done thanks to the power of Girl Guide Cookie fundraisers.

“We work to sell and save enough from the cookies to be able to provide opportunities for the girls to try new things. For example, we were once able to take them dog-sledding, which is something that isn’t usually easy for families to do together,” Anderson said.

The Girl Guides, Brownies and Sparks groups continue to thrive in the area and will be bringing their beloved cookies back out in the spring to continue to build up their community groups.



Just Posted

Town of Blackfalds looking into new seniors housing project

Community consultation will begin March 28th

Lacombe Chamber announces annual scholarship

Up to two recipients will receive $1,250 towards their post-secondary education

POLL: Should Canada do more to alleviate the global refugee crisis?

Currently there are over 25 million refugees worldwide.

Generals look to finish off Eagles Wednesday night

Lacombe currently leads Stony Plain 3-1 in best-of-seven

Lacombe Legion will be presenting the award-winning play Jake’s Gift

Acclaimed play has received rave reviews from critics and audience members alike

WATCH: AFSC unveils new CEO

Steve Blakely comes to AFSC after a 40 year career in the finance sector

Starbucks to unveil latest creation: crystal ball frappuccino

The limited-edition drink will be available starting March 22

Two arrested in Leduc County after Thorsby RCMP drive by rural break-in in progress

Thorsby RCMP prevent break and enter, find other stolen property

Liberals tried pilot project with Facebook data whistleblower in 2016: source

Cambridge Analytica has been accused of improperly using information from more than 50 million Facebook accounts

Three-car pile-up on Northstar Drive and 58th Street

No injuries reported at Thursday afternoon incident

No opting out: Canadians to get emergency alerts on their phones soon

Canada’s wireless providers are preparing for a looming update to the National Public Alerting System

Just For Laughs sold to Howie Mandel

Just For Laughs sold to Howie Mandel and U.S. company ICM Partners

Texas bombing suspect blows himself up as SWAT moves in

The suspect in a spate of bombing attacks that have terrorized Austin over the past month blew himself up with an explosive device as authorities closed in

Witnesses: Boko Haram returns Nigerian kidnapped schoolgirls

Witnesses say Boko Haram militants have returned an unknown number of the 110 girls who were abducted from their Nigeria school a month ago.

Most Read