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\”Frankenmuth, Michigan, is the home of Bronner\’s CHRISTmas Wonderland. Bronner\’s, a fascinating year-round attraction for all ages, was founded in 1945 by Wally Bronner. It has grown to be the world\’s largest Christmas store and welcomes more than 2 million visitors annually from throughout the United States, Canada, and the world. Bronner\’s impressive Alpine-design building, which is the size of 5.5 football fields, is nestled on 27 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds featuring delightful Christmas displays. The amazing shopping wonderland inside the building is the size of 1.7 football fields. Bronner\’s believes every day of the year should be a celebration of Christ\’s birthday; therefore Bronner\’s motto is \”Enjoy CHRISTmas, It\’s HIS Birthday; Enjoy Life, It\’s HIS Way.\” \”

Jesus H. Christ!

And if that is not enough to chill your blood:

\”…Year-round Christmas trims adorn lampposts and grounds along Bronner\’s 1/2-mile Christmas Lane where every evening visitors may enjoy a spectacular exhibit of outdoor Christmas lights. A majestic, life-size Nativity near each entrance focuses attention on the Christ child\’s birth.

Inside is a world of singing carolers, dancing Santas, and over 700 whimsical animated figures. \”Welcome\” signs greet visitors in more than 60 languages. The international theme continues throughout Bronner\’s where ornaments from dozens of countries around the world decorate a multitude of trees. Ornaments are also available in more than 70 languages with a \”Merry Christmas\” greeting.\” The following cautionary festive ditty I originally stubbed my toe upon over on the fabulous Probe Is Turning On The People! a couple of Christmases ago. Curiosity mildly aroused, these few telling facts were all I was able to subsequently uncover:

Paddy Roberts was born and trained as a legal eagle in South Africa, but following a stint in the RAF during WWII relocated to London and forged a career as a pilot for BOAC. A popular entertainer on the side, he apparently \”held offices in the Performing Rights Society and the Song Writers Guild\”. He died in the UK in the autumn of 1975.

Recorded at the height of the cold war, in the wake of the Bay of Pigs, I think it safe to assume Paddy may have been an active member of the Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament.

Mere curmudgeon or idealist ? You decide. PADDY ROBERTS: MERRY X-MAS YOU SUCKERS* from \”Merry X-Mas You Suckers b/w Got n\’ Idea\” 45 (Decca) 1962 (UK) * Released in the US on London Records, under the title \”And A Happy New Year\”. OUT OF PRINT


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