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Bronners- A Celebration Of Life

"Enjoy CHRISTmas, It's HIS birthday; Enjoy Life, It's HIS way".

December 18, 2008       Leave a Comment
By: John Keuvelaar

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Both sisters listen closely to Santa has he tells them to be good and listen to their parents.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

This is the motto of BRONNER'S CHRISTmas Wonderland and founder, Wally Bronner. Once you turn into the parking lot and enter into the Alpine-designed building, you can't help but feel filled with joy and wonderment.

A boy shares a kiss while waiting for Santa.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

baby waits curiously as he will have his first meeting with Santa Claus.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Santa listens as a boy tells him what he would like for Christmas this year.
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Whether it is a 90 degree summer day or a snow blown December evening, you instantly become immersed into the sights, sounds and memories that makes Christmas time so magical.

Music box with a pleasant winter scene inside of it.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Small figures skate around on a Christmas village scene.
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An Angel sounds the trumpet.
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While over two million people visit Bronner's annually, many make it a part of their holiday tradition as my family does. As we headed toward Frankenmuth, we were greeted with large fluffy snowflakes dancing as they gently fell to the ground.

A magical sight for sure.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Penguins on an ice flow watching their favorite movie, Happy Feet.
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Upon entering the store, Santa had arrived. The children's eyes were filled with glee as many clung to their parent's necks to catch a glimpse of the Jolly elf.

So many ornaments to choose from.
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It all has to be seen from every angle.
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As we moved deeper into the store, I couldn't help but look up at all the moving figures. There was Santa and his elves, working away in his workshop. I saw bears and other woodland creatures playing on teeter-totters. A special favorite of mine this year was penguins, all on various ice flows watching the movie Happy Feet. I couldn't help but remember my childhood when we thrilled at walking the downtown streets just to watch the figures in the windows.

This lure is sure to attack a big fish.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

The smiles on children's faces are wonderful to see.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Walking further into the store, there were various wintry scenes depicting Americana from years past. You could almost smell the warming fires at the skate pond and taste the hot chocolate waiting in the houses.

Things go better with Coke.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

I know my name is on one of these ornaments.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Especially unique were the displays of times when Christ lived. There were many of the traditional manger scenes. What was especially inspiring were the various scenes depicting Christ times, from birth through his resurrection and in between.

A forest of brightly light trees goes on forever.
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Even the nutcracker king draws attention.
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Heading toward the western entrance, we came onto the Christmas tree trimmings and unique ornaments. One could literally take hours examining the special decorations from traditional brightly painted balls to figures of people or animals.

A shopper looks for that special decoration.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

The Wedding Tree.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Finally, we strolled through the forest of artificial trees. I had to actually touch many of them to make sure they were artificial.

Even mice are cute at Christmas time.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

But you have to love those penguins.
(MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Bronners is more than a Christmas store. It is a place to enjoy all the happy emotions and wonders that make CHRISTmas, because it is HIS birthday. And when you share it with a loved one or you family, it is a day to enjoy Life, because it is HIS way.

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John Keuvelaar

John Keuvelaar is a college student at Midwest Photography Workshops and Delta College.

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