Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Most Wonderful Store In The WORLD!

The lights! The ornaments! The kids! The crowds!

Welcome to Bronner's, The World's Largest Christmas Store!!!! In a world that is just too ironic, Laura Martone blogged about my beloved Bronner's yesterday. I couldn't believe it when I saw her blog's accompanying photo. Yes, I didn't even need to click on the blog title to know what her post was about, the photo was a festive giveaway.

So, as originally planned, here is my blog post about Bronner's. And also as originally planned, I'm dedicating it to Laura--her blog always features her fun travels, and today, I'd like to do the same.

I love Bronner's. To the point where my sister says I have an addiction to the Christmas spirit. (But somehow she doesn't complain when I drag her there every other weekend.) The ginormous Christmas store is located 15 minutes from my house and is open 361 days a year. How can I resist the place?

So, what's there to do at this crazy Christmas store?

Well, here's my top 5 list:

5. Stare at the ceiling. There's just as many decorations on the ceiling as there is throughout the rest of the store.

4. Check out the miniatures. Bronner's has a huge selection of Department 56 village pieces (several of which are animated). My sis's favorites are actually the Halloween ones. Personally, I like the skating rink and old mill stores.

3. Visit Santa! He lives here after all (well, it's his second home), and you can stop in for a visit year-round.

2. Get a personalized ornament. My ENTIRE family has their name on my parent's tree. You knew you were part of the family when you were presented with your very own ornament. Dom and I have continued the tradition at our house.

1. SPINNING IN THE CHRISTMAS TREE EXHIBIT! I love this exhibit. Just staring at the festival forest can make you dizzy, but spinning in it is guaranteed to make you go cuckoo. Good times.

There's seriously a lot more to do there than just my top 5 list, like visiting the Silent Night Chapel, checking out the toy store, and driving through lighted parking lot show. If you're ever in the neighborhood, stop by! I'd love to be your tour guide.


Matthew Delman said...

Oooo ... this actually gives me an excuse to travel to Michigan now. Especially because my wife and I both love Christmas.

Random note: My brother-in-law was born and raised in Battle Creek.

Oh, and if you haven't been over to FtP, check it out for a fun little award.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Wow - I soooo want to go there now!

I have a little bling waiting for you at my blog today, Steph! :)

Bane of Anubis said...

I thought this was gonna be a sarcastic post about Walmart :)... Looks like a store I might actually enjoy visiting.

Matilda McCloud said...

I wish I could go there! I was just thinking this morning that I need to go to an ornament looks husband and younger son took a small vacation to Michigan a few summers ago and had a great time, but they missed this place!

Indigo said...

I would love to visit Bronners. I already get the catalog. There is just something magical about a store like that.

There is a small Christmas store about a 1/2 from me called, "The Hand of Man". I love collecting Old World Christmas ornaments. (Hugs)Indigo

Steph Damore said...

Matt - Come on up, or down, or over...where ever you live. MI is a wonderful state (minus the 15% unemployment rate). I really love experiencing all four seasons--although winter could be shorter.

Thanks also for the award, rock on!

Steph Damore said...

Thanks for the bling Shannon *happy dance* I feel so loved :)

Bane - No sarcasm today (well, not on the blog anyway). I'll see what I can do tomorrow...

Matilda - How could they miss Bronner's? Ha, actually, I think my Dad refuses to go to the store Oct-Feb because it's too crazy. Come to think of it, it's not really a manly place. It's no Gander Mountain.

Indigo - You get the catalog? That's super cool. If you love old world ornaments, you'd definitely love Bronner's. Hope you can make it down sometime.