So, I thought I would wish you all a very Merry Christmas with a vicarious visit to Bronner’s, the world’s largest Christmas store. We have relatives that live nearby, and so I try to pop in whenever I can. I first visited here on a family vacation when I was about 12. I still remember how amazed I was at the big, bright displays, and all the moving parts.
When I was a teen, I really loved Hummel figurines. Maybe the huge display here got me interested in the first place? When I first went to Germany in 1983, I wanted to get either a Hummel or a cuckoo clock. I got the clock — but I do have two Hummels. One is from my parents, and the other was given to me by my piano teacher’s husband when my teacher died. It had belonged to her.
There’s even a Silent Night Chapel, modeled on an original in Oberndorf, Austria. The original is built near the site of the church where Josef Mohr and Franz Gruber first played the song they wrote in 1816 — “Silent Night.”