Bronner’s Ornaments | An Ornate History

Bronner’s Ornaments | An Ornate History

If you remember reading “It’s no secret that styles, techniques and technology advance as the years go on. But I had NO IDEA what wonderful history I was about to unveil as I sought out the expertise of our ornament designers to help me put together this [Annual Ornament Designs] post. My mind is still whirling.” Then you may have been waiting for this very post – a nostalgic look at the history of Bronner’s exclusive ornaments design process through the years!

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Michigan’s Comeback Cities: Detroit. Flint & Frankenmuth

Michigan’s Comeback Cities: Detroit. Flint & Frankenmuth

DETROIT The declining auto industry, corrupt leadership, high unemployment, poverty, a failing economy, plunging property values – all played a part in what some feared might be the final curtain for the drama that was Detroit. The fifth largest city in the United States in 1950. A twist in the plot brought Detroit to bankruptcy and emergency management in 2013.   Now the scene is changing. In 2010 billionaire Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures, moved his

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Merry CHRISTmas, Fröhliche Weihnachten, Feliz Navidad …

Merry CHRISTmas, Fröhliche Weihnachten,  Feliz Navidad …

Fröhliche Weihnachten, Feliz Navidad, Wesołych Świąt, Buon Natale, καλά Χριστούγεννα … No matter what part of the world you are in, how you say it or how you celebrate it, the message is the same, “FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONE AND ONLY SON, THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.” -JOHN 3:16

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Bronner’s Annual Ornament Design Series

Bronner’s Annual Ornament Design Series

“The years teach much the days never knew.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson 1974. That was the inception of Bronner’s annual-design ornament series. Twenty-nine years after Wally’s start in the business and 43 years later, the collection is still growing strong. And the process? The history? Take a look …

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Five Things Baseball Teaches Us About Life

Five Things Baseball Teaches Us About Life

I work here at Bronner’s among some really passionate baseball fans. Most of them love the Detroit Tigers. Some call another MLB (Major League Baseball) team their favorite. Others have enough love for multiple teams! All have plenty of love for their children’s or grandchildren’s school and summer-league teams. Yes, baseball is still America’s great pastime!   The game has been played in the U.S. since at least the early 1800s if not earlier.  When the New York Knickerbockers baseball club formally organized in 1845, they wrote down

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Bronner’s Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival Parade Floats

Bronner’s Frankenmuth Bavarian Festival Parade Floats

Before he became widely known as “Mr. Christmas,” he enjoyed the title of “signtist” (also known as a “signtologist”), a catchword coined by sign painters of the time to describe their craft. That background in sign painting and window and booth displays made the addition of float design a natural extension for store originator Wally Bronner!

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From St. Nicholas to Santa Claus: A Tradition of Giving

From St. Nicholas to Santa Claus: A Tradition of Giving

The concept of the American Santa Claus originated with St. Nicholas, who was born in Asia Minor about 280. He was known as a kind, benevolent man and made a saint because of his generosity. In honor of St. Nicholas, December 6 became the traditional day in Europe for the exchange of Christmas gifts and the beginning of the holiday season. Dutch immigrants to the United States brought with them their version of the gift-giving St. Nicholas, known as “Sinter

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A Thanksgiving Story: The Silent Night Memorial Chapel

A Thanksgiving Story: The Silent Night Memorial Chapel

The late Wally Bronner was holding on to that snippet of land just south of Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland for something special, very special. People offered to purchase that corner of Bronner’s property where M-83 (Gera Road) met Weiss Street. “It would be perfect for a gas station or convenience store,” they said. But Wally had something else in mind. Something he could build in thanks to God for His blessings on the World’s Largest Christmas Store.

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