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PALM BEACH – December 2016 – The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba has a tradition of creating a stunning and massive edible gingerbread house inspired by local heritage and culture. This year, the tradition continues, and also benefits local children in need. This year, a recreation of the island’s historic Alto Vista Chapel is replicated in sweet form in the hotel’s lobby. The display includes a brief explanation of the Alto Vista Chapel’s history. After learning more, some guests are inspired to visit the landmark itself, where they also can gaze upon splendid sunrise and sunset scenes, as the chapel is set dramatically above the sea.

The lobby concoction also offers guests the opportunity to learn more about and make donations to a local foundation, Bon Nochi Drumi Dushi, which promotes family learning and literacy on the island.

The donation component of the gingerbread display is part of the The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba’s larger social and environmental responsibility program, Community Footprints, and business operations of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. The ongoing commitment of the program focuses on the areas of environmental responsibility, along with child well-being and hunger and poverty relief.

Bon Nochi Drumi Dushi aims on inspiring and developing a reading culture on Aruba especially within families as it provides workshops to parents in order to stimulate reading together with their children. Bon Nochi Drumi Dushi also fosters the introduction of the native language Papiamento as an instruction language in special education, and as a key component of multilingual pilot schools in the native language Papiamento.

Completed with festive lighting, the delicious Gingerbread house honoring Alto Vista Chapel fosters an environment of peace, contemplation, and holiday spirit.