I couldn't let the holiday season pass without sharing the
World's Largest Christmas Store...
Bronner's Christmas Wonderland!
It's located in the magical Bavarian town of
which is only a twenty minute drive from my house.
I feel like it's mine to share with everyone
who visits me from out of town.
It's five-and-a-half FOOTBALL FIELDS of
Christmas glitters from every square inch of Bronners.
The ceilings, walls and massive displays bombard with holiday cheer.
I remember the first time I brought my
children to Bronner's when
they were one and three.
The three-year-old's eyes were like full moons.
My son lay back in his stroller and just stared in awe.
Bronner's is the happiest place on earth
the North Pole.
So, I was angry to hear that somebody vandalized
the many outdoor displays
early Christmas morning!
This nativity was destroyed and the vandals
knocked over, bent, or broke
40-thousand dollars worth of
As a local news reporter,
I interviewed Wally Bronner many times over the years.
Always festive in his red suitcoat,
Wally was Father Christmas himself.
He was a sign painter in 1945 and began selling
Christmas decorations out of his parent's basement.
He had no idea this would flourish into the
world's largest Christmas store with
millions of visitors a year.
Heck, they haul them in by the busloads!
Did I say ornament???
Hundreds of thousands of
I wish those Grinchy vandals had stopped to think
that they cannot destroy Christmas...
continue to dazzle
Thanks Bronner's for the happiness
you bestow upon millions.
We'll be back for more...