GERMAN CHRISTMAS TRIVIA
The German religious reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) is often credited with starting the Christmas tree custom.
The day after Christmas Day—der zweite Weihnachtstag, known as Boxing Day in Britain—is also a holiday in Germany.
Kris Kringle is a corruption Christkindl (“Christ Child” - It is the Christkindl who brings gifts on Christmas Eve in Germany, not Santa!)
The Advent or Christmas calendar is a German tradition
To this day, the initials of the Three Kings—C+M+B (Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar)—plus the year are inscribed in chalk over doorways in German-speaking countries on the eve of January 6 to protect house and home.
The use of evergreens as a Christmas symbol of everlasting life goes back much further than even the 1550s, but still with a Germanic connection. St. Boniface is said to have introduced the use of evergreens in connection with his efforts to Christianize the Germanic tribes in the 8th century.
SOME BRONNER’S CHRISTMAS TRIVIA
Bronner's features over 50,000 trims and gifts for all seasons, reasons and budgets.
More than 350 decorated Christmas trees are beautifully displayed in Bronner's salesroom.
More than 700 whimsical, animated figures enchant guests in the salesroom.
As many as 100,000 individual lights illuminate the salesroom.
About 1,000 figurines comprise Bronner's Hummel collection.
Bronner's carries over 150 styles of nutcrackers.
Bronner's artists personalize over 100,000 ornaments annually. One of Bronner's ornament artists has personally hand painted nearly -million ornaments during her 25 years at Bronner's.
Each year, approximately 1.3 million glass ornaments and 135,000 light sets are sold at Bronner's.
If all the light sets sold in one year at Bronner's were stretched out in a continuous line, they would span approximately 530 miles.
18. Nearly 700,000 feet of garland are sold at Bronner's annually.