From left, gingerbread artist Janet Gustafson of Flossmoor and Flossmoor Events Manager Stephanie Wright. Wright helped coordinate tours of Gustafson's 2022 gingerbread creation. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
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Flossmoor woman creates intricate gingerbread village annually for more than half a century

The holiday season begins early for Janet Gustafson of Flossmoor. You’re more likely to see Easter merchandise and summer gear in the store than Christmas trees and stockings and twinkling lights when she starts getting into Christmas mode each spring.

From left, gingerbread artist Janet Gustafson of Flossmoor and Flossmoor Events Manager Stephanie Wright. Wright helped coordinate tours of Gustafson's 2022 gingerbread creation. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

In April, she started planning out her massive, gingerbread house display that she has been creating for more than 50 years. Over the next eight months she . . .

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