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BRIGHTON -- It's the busy season for Wanderleia Silva, left, who owns Daniel's Bakery on Washington Street. This is Silva's second holiday season since buying the store, and her usual 13-hour days are even longer as she makes holiday favorites. Last year she sold 46 gingerbread houses and expects to exceed that this year. A five-and-a-half-pound gingerbread house sell for $40. The colorful, candy-laden treats add holiday sparkle to her countertops. Despite the popular claim that nobody likes fruitcakes, the much-maligned Christmas cake still outsells the gingerbread houses. Last year she sold 100 of them. Working with Silva is Angela Oliveira. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff. audio: Voice of Wanderleia Silva, owner of Daniel's Bakery. <object classid='clsid:02BF25D5-8C17-4B23-BC80-D3488ABDDC6B' width='200' height='30' codebase= 'http://www.apple.com/qtactivex/qtplugin.cab'>
BRIGHTON -- It's the busy season for Wanderleia Silva, left, who owns Daniel's Bakery on Washington Street. This is Silva's second holiday season since buying the store, and her usual 13-hour days are even longer as she makes holiday favorites. Last year she sold 46 gingerbread houses and expects to exceed that this year. A five-and-a-half-pound gingerbread house sell for $40. The colorful, candy-laden treats add holiday sparkle to her countertops. Despite the popular claim that nobody likes fruitcakes, the much-maligned Christmas cake still outsells the gingerbread houses. Last year she sold 100 of them. Working with Silva is Angela Oliveira. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff.

audio: Voice of Wanderleia Silva, owner of Daniel's Bakery.
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