It’s That Time of Year! | Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

It’s That Time of Year!

By Susan Zehnder, VP of Human Resources

It’s getting colder, the leaves are starting to fall off the trees and that means that here at Zehnder’s, we are getting ready for the holiday season!

As a child, the holiday season was very exciting for me because it also meant that along with the many decorations and presents, it was also a time to celebrate my birthday. My favorite recollection as a child was when one of the best pie bakers at Zehnder’s, Mrs. Clara Knoll, would make me Santa-faced cookies to take to school as my birthday treat. I just loved those raisin eyes, cinnamon dot nose, and the white frosting with a coconut beard. I was always so proud to take these “special” cookies to my classmates and it became a tradition throughout the eighth grade.

The holiday season brings with it the smell of the holidays and decorations that come with it. Decorations at Zehnder’s nowadays involves a team of six ‘elves’ who work to deck the halls at Zehnder’s Restaurant the first week of November every year. They use thousands of yards of ribbon, hundreds of strings of lights, and at least one Christmas tree in every dining room with a minimum of 10 trees throughout the Restaurant. Ornaments, garland and festive trimmings blanket each of the trees. Outside, another crew of ‘elves’ are busy wrapping the big white building with lights and green garland. Across the front porch, the flower boxes have been replaced with 25 small, live Christmas trees sparkling with tiny lights.

In the Bakery, we are busy making thousands of fruit cakes, Yule Logs, Lebkuchen and German Springerle cookies. The staff is busy baking and assembling gingerbread houses and every cookie cutter in the place is being used. In recent years, the Bakery staff has also been busy teaching our guests how to make these Christmas traditions though our popular Holiday How-To series of baking classes.

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth is family owned and operated. Our traditions have been passed down through the generations. Not only generations in our family, but also generations of our staff. We invite you to celebrate the holiday season with our family and friends by celebrating the greatest gift of all…family.

Please share your personal Christmas memories of Zehnder’s through our Facebook fan page. We look forward to hearing about them!