August 2, 2009Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland – A Retro Kitsch Dream
The shot on the left is from Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, which is located in Frankenmuth, Michigan. I am sure that many of you have heard of Bronner’s, but if you haven’t, it is an enormous Christmas store. Enormous. It is literally 2 acres of ornaments, fake christmas trees, lights, toppers, outdoor decorations and pretty much everything else you could want to celebrate Christmas. It is the largest Christmas store in the world. At least that is what they claim.
But frankly, if there is a bigger one, I don’t want to know about it.
Bronner’s is fun not just for the huge selection and fun atmosphere (think giant plastic snowmen and hours of piped in Christmas music), but also because Mr. Bronner started the store back in the 1940’s and the place is packed with tons of history and vintage fun around every corner. Lots of framed photos and letters paper the walls in each section, and the great photo timeline of the evolution of the store in the little cafeteria is especially sweet.
Speaking of the cafeteria, here I am posing with a well-earned snack for traversing 2 acres of ornaments. What do you get as a snack at Bronner’s? Why, homemade christmas cookies and milk, of course!
Notice the great retro ornaments behind me. Love it!
Tom and I also found the Christmas tree of our dreams there – and 8 foot pre-light white spruce! I don’t know why on earth we didn’t take a picture. Probably because we were so excited about finding a white tree. Now we just have to make room in the budget for it.
Here are more ornaments, retro and modern.
And even more! I loved this button star – I thought it was a great idea to use up my vintage button stash! Check out all the pink ornaments in the background.
That is it for now, but I am sure we will have more pictures of Bronner’s in the future. We are going to have to go back for that white tree!