I was doing some research recently and ran across an article on the history of the Christmas tree. Maybe I should have known, having lived in Frankenmuth all my life, that the tradition of the Christmas tree as we know it is credited with beginning in Germany in the 16th century. It is a widely held belief that Protestant reformer, Martin Luther, was the first to add lights to Christmas trees in the form of candles. The story suggests he was inspired, while walking home one winter evening, by the twinkling lights of the stars against the snow and evergreen trees.
The tradition of displaying a Christmas tree has been alive in our business since our first Christmas in 1929. Today we have over 40 decorated trees of various shapes and sizes, both indoor and out, that celebrate the Christian tradition begun over 500 years ago. In addition, our community is beautifully decorated for the Christmas season. It really gets one into the spirit of the season just driving through Frankenmuth after dusk to see all the beautiful lights, trees and displays.
If your travels bring you to Frankenmuth over the holidays stop to see our beautiful decorations, for something to eat, or simply to warm up by the fireplace.
From our family to yours have a blessed Christmas.
Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth