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article imagePhoto essay: Frankenmuth all decorated for a wondrous Christmas Special

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Dec 27, 2011 in Travel
Frankenmuth is known as Michigan's Little Bavaria, a great place to visit for just about any reason or anytime in the year.
They are well known for their chicken dinners and the home of Bronners, the largest Christmas store in the world.
The city holds many festivals and events that go on year round in the little city. I have been there for Zehnder’s Ragtime Festival which is held in the Spring. I was there once on Thanksgiving and my sisters and I have gone there for just a little sister's time. My husband and I have gone there with friends just for a little mini vacation.
This year my husband and I decided to spend the Christmas weekend in Frankenmuth. The town was all decked out in its Christmas finery.
What would Christmas be without Santa and his reindeer.
A Santa display in Frankenmuth  MI
A Santa display in Frankenmuth, MI
There needs to be snowmen to add to the atmosphere.
As a man and his little girl were looking at this snowman I asked him if I could take a picture of her by the display.
A beautiful nativity scene.
Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland has 6000 styles of Christmas ornaments, 400 different Nativity scenes, miles of Christmas lights and many artificial Christmas trees in just about any size you would want.
Being the largest Christmas store in the world, the building is over 7 acres and the grounds are 27 acres.
We do need to get a Christmas tree.
We have carolers.
And of course, a lovely wrapped gift.
Last year vandals destroyed or damaged 75 displays on Bronner's property as reported by Digital Journal. The vandals were caught.
It cost $18,000 to repair the damaged displays which has mostly been repaid by the vandals. The five vandals, aged 17 to 21 spent the summer in jail and were sentenced to community service and probation.
CEO Wayne Bronner forgave the men of their attack on the displays. reports Bronner said, “I think they were surprised we were as kind as we were to the individuals involved. We forgave them. It was a situation where you can choose to be mad and angry at someone or you can forgive and forget. ... I know they paid the price through the justice system, and I’d like to see them go on and live productive and useful lives."
The elves were kept busy with the repairs.
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