First Lady Sandy Parnell and 10th Governor of the State of Alaska Sean Parnell move a ginger bread house, one of 13 to be displayed, onto the center table in anticipation of today's Governor's Annual Christmas and Holiday Open House at the Governor's Mansion from 3 to 6 p.m. The gingerbread house, in the design of Russia's St. Basil Cathederal, was made by the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School Life Skills class with included Instructor Jodie Buck and students Bruce Jones, Manon Paul, Chloe Varner, Victoria Ross and Tessa Smith. More than 24,000 cookies have been prepared, over 100 pounds of fudge and chocolate candies will be served in side while members of the governor's staff will serve hot apple cider and holiday treats to guests waiting in line outside. Entertainers from local community and school groups will perform both inside and out and the Governor and First Lady will welcome each and every guest. "This is one of our highlights of the year," Parnell said. "We look forward to Christmas, and we encourage all Alaskans to help those less fortunate or in need. Merry Christmas."
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