Wooden Candy Store

Decorated Candy Store
Decorated Candy Store

This wooden candy store was brought over from Germany in 1937 by my great-grandfather. Every Christmas, we take it out, and decorate it and completely fill all the drawers with candy, put Christmas lights on the top of the store, put little bottles on the top, and put chocolate in the baskets and windows (like those window shopping displays.) We have everything ranging from gummies to chocolate, lifesavers to the little sweet drop things (you get my point). My great-grandfather left Germany in 1937, which was just two years before the start of World War 2 (WWII.) When I asked my mom why, she told me that it was because he could tell that a war would be starting soon, which gives me something to admire because of being able to pick up on something like that shows that you're pretty smart. He would give the candy store to my grandfather, because he was the oldest son in the family. My mom has a sister, but she didn't really ever want the store, so my mom ended up getting it. She always brings it out around the middle of the second week in December, so it always gives me something to look forward to (other than Christmas, of course.) My favorite part is being able to help my mom put all of the candy inside it. It always reminds me of my great-grandfather, and the impact he has on my life today.

Place(s): Germany
Year: 1937

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