This summer, as part of our LutherTour experience, we had the opportunity to visit the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas store in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany. It was very fun to experience Christmas in July, I can only imagine how much fun it must be during the winter season.
The Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas store first started in when Wilhelm and Käthe Wohlfahrt fled East Germany to escape Communist rule. They took with them a beloved music box that showed the Three Wisemen bringing gifts to the Baby Jesus; it played the hymn “Silent Night.” Several of the Wohlfahrt’s American friends stationed in Germany wished to have those music boxes, and Wilhelm eventually found the wholesaler and started supplying the boxes himself. Eventually, the Wohlfahrts opened their own store, which has expanded to several cities, and includes a workshop, museum and Christmas village.