This Thanksgiving holiday we decided to go out of town for a mini-trip. We invited my husband's parents along, and delightfully they agreed.
Along the way to our destination we stopped at Bronner's, which is the world's largest Christmas store in Frankenmuth, Michigan. If you haven't seen it, this place is just amazing. We go at least once a year, but our 5-yr. old is at the perfect age to remember it. We didn't get there until dark (work is always getting in the way of things), but we still had such a good time.
You know you are in for a treat when you pull up because the huge parking lot is all lit up with life-sized decorations aplenty. It truly is a winter wonderland, and my son was in awe.
|Looking through the big Kaleidoscope|
|Little Happy Face|
The store really is incredible. There are ornaments of every kind, all over the store. One of my favorites that I selected to bring home was baby Jesus in the manger.
|The Nativity Scene section|
And I LOVED these ornaments made in Russia. I went back to this table three times contemplating the purchase, but the glass was so delicate I was afraid it wouldn't survive the trip, so I came home without one. I liked them so much though, that I may still order one online.
|These were made in Russia and were sooo delicate, and just beautiful!|
Bronners has every kind of Santa Claus you can imagine. They also have a lot of outdoor items, and these great snow villages set up in a section of the store. There are literally holiday goodies in every nook and cranny of the store (which is huge, by the way), including hanging from the ceilings and up high around the ceiling borders.
And of course I have to give props to anyone who dedicates a whole section to college football and then puts together a Spartans tree for display (yeah, they had that other team too, but we're not going to talk about that ;) ).
|An entire Spartans section! Sweet!|
|A Spartans Tree!|
It turned out to be a really fun stop along the way. I enjoyed looking at all of the Christmas items. I always do. But my favorite thing this trip was how happy our youngest was surrounded by all of the fun holiday items. He got a little tired at the end, but his eyes sparkled the whole time and he couldn't quit smiling. That made it the best trip ever (for him and for me).
If you have a chance to stop by Bronner's before the holidays get here, it's well worth the trip (and Santa is there now too). Or if you've never heard of them, or are too far away to make the trip, check their store out online. You'll be glad you did.