Anyway, I did have the good fortune to grow up about 45 minutes from the most Christmas-y place I've ever been - Frankenmuth. Every year before the Holidays - sometimes before Thanksgiving, depending on Dad's schedule - we'd pile into the car and head up for a day of window shopping, fudge and long walks through town. Mom and Dad would take us to drool in front of the fudge shop window, and then the older kids would herd us down to the penny arcade to play games while Dad & Mom went to the beer-garten. We rarely spent much money - we didn't have any to spend anyway - but it was a wonderful trip all around.
Maybe because the whole town is a Christmas wonderland all year long.
There's Zehnders Restaurant with it's fabulous fried chicken...
but the most Christmas oriented place in town has to be Bronner's...
A child's dream and now an adult's fond memories. =o)
Is there anything from your childhood holidays you'd like to reminisce about tonight? Ever been to Frankenmuth? If you're close enough to drive there, I totally recommend it - if only for the fudge. ;o)
(As an aside, I was an adult before I could afford to eat at either Zehnders or The Bavarian Inn. The menus are very similar, but I prefer The Bavarian Inn's ambiance better.)
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