Department 56 for Fall

Department 56 for Fall

No time or money to buy and set up a huge Department 56 display for fall? No problem! Use one or two village pieces and accents to create an attractive seasonal display for your home. Fireplace mantels, end tables, side tables … all work well for a Department 56 village display. I wanted to try something different. Something I hadn’t seen before. Something simple you can do at home, too. So I borrowed an empty wine barrel from a coworker!

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Christmas Traditions Parades in New York

Christmas Traditions Parades in New York

From Santa Claus to Sinterklaas, special guests abound at Christmas traditions parades in New York! The parades begin with Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and march right up to Christmas. Clayton’s Christmas in Lights Parade ends with fireworks; Greenwich features their Annual Holiday Lighted Tractor Parade. In addition, Christmas parades in Kingston and Rhinebeck celebrate old Dutch traditions! Christmas Lights Parade in Clayton Clayton’s Christmas parade in New York State will take place Saturday, December 7. First, a cookie sale, carriage

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Set Sail on Christmas Boat Parades in Florida

Set Sail on Christmas Boat Parades in Florida

Christmas lights glow from Christmas boat parades in Florida! Daytona Beach, Palm Beach, Cocoa Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton all host Christmas boat parades on Florida’s Atlantic coast. In addition, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Alafia and Punta Gorda join them on the Gulf coast. Lastly, Leesburg sports an inland Christmas boat parade in Florida. Daytona Beach Christmas Boat Parade in Florida The holidays sail into Daytona Beach Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 6 p.m. Accordingly, the local yacht club

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Saddle Up for Christmas Parades in Texas

Saddle Up for Christmas Parades in Texas

Saddle up for one of ten great Christmas Parades in Texas! Enjoy parades through historic downtowns like Fort Worth, Dallas, Amarillo and Grapevine. Likewise, McAllen, Odessa and Lubbock make our list. Or take in a lighted boat parade in San Antonio, South Padre Island or Clear Lake. GM Financial Fort Worth Parade of Lights Join thousands gathered November 24, 2019, for the Fort Worth Parade of Lights. In addition to dozens of floats, guests are treated to dancers, musicians, large

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Christmas Boat, Float & Truck Parades in California

Christmas Boat, Float & Truck Parades in California

Looking for family-friendly Christmas fun? Cities and towns across California host free Christmas boat, float and truck parades. Salinas, Los Altos, San Francisco, Fallbrook, Fortuna have made our list (and Santa’s)! Likewise, holiday lights shine bright in parades in Santa Barbara, Redding, Sonora, Belmont Shore (Long Beach) and Eureka. Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights The Salinas Holiday Parade of Lights steps off from Salinas High School December 1, 2019, at 6 p.m. To clarify, the parade is always the first

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Silent Night – DIY Crafts for All Seasons

Silent Night – DIY Crafts for All Seasons

Our simple sheet-music crafts make it easy to celebrate “Silent Night” all year long. Use sheet music that you have on hand or simply print free arrangements of the carol (or other favorite songs) available online along with our templates and you’re ready to craft! (DIY instructions below) Bronner’s Silent Night Memorial Chapel is open daily during store hours for visitation and meditation. You’ll be inspired by various arrangements of “Silent Night” playing inside and outside the chapel along with

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Bronner’s DIY Valentine’s Day Ornaments

Bronner’s DIY Valentine’s Day Ornaments

The tree? Well, it was love at first sight. I saw it here at Bronner’s and I wanted it: the love child of a 1950s aluminum tree and a German feather tree. Priced at only $16.99.   But I have a rule. I have to know what I’m going to do with something and where I’m going to put it in my small house before I buy it. However … there are exceptions to every rule … and I decided

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When Should You Take Down Your Christmas Decorations?

When Should You Take Down Your Christmas Decorations?

Psychologists tell us that folks who break out the Christmas lights and decorations early, like before (maybe well before) Thanksgiving, tend to be happier than the rest of us who think we have to wait.   Psychoanalyst Steve McKeown says people like to associate with things that make them happy. Since many folks associate Christmas decorations with happy childhood memories of the holiday, putting up the decorations early evokes those emotions and memories and extends the excitement of the season

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Countdown to Christmas!

Countdown to Christmas!

Anticipation … looking forward … it’s what the Christmas season is all about here at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland … and perhaps at your house, too! Many Christians observe Advent as a time of patient expectation, a celebration of the first coming of Christ the Savior to a manger in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago … and a look to His second coming. We love the tradition of Advent wreaths and candleholders, too. Perhaps your church and/or family lights a candle weekly

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Decorate for Halloween with Department 56’s Halloween Village!

Decorate for Halloween with Department 56’s Halloween Village!

Love to decorate for this holiday that brings out the sweet tooth 🍬 (and kid) in all of us, along with a few shivers and shrieks? Want to keep it simple and on a budget without having to purchase a whole Halloween village? You can do it!

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