MORE THAN CHRISTMAS – at Bronner’s we’re about finding joy all year long!
Bronner’s motto is “Enjoy CHRISTmas, it’s HIS Birthday; Enjoy Life, It’s HIS way.” For our late originator Wally Bronner, the journey has always been about more than just Christmas. It’s been about CHRIST and “decorating hearts with peace and love” all year long. And it’s in that spirit that we enjoy finding new life in Christmas decorations throughout the year – just as we find joy day to day in the new life that Christ gives us.
We chose rough-cut cedar planks as our canvas, a beautiful parallel to “The Old Rugged Cross.” We gave the cedar planks an aged barn-wood appeal using a treatment of strongly brewed black tea followed (once dry) by a coat of stain created from a vinegar and steel wool solution. With an elegant selection of glass Christmas ornaments hung in the shape of a cross, our display reminds us of the beautiful gift of eternal life we have through Christ’s sacrifice.
The cross and the grave are empty!
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” – 1 Corinthians 15:55
There are so many great parallels Christmas decorations can convey to one’s life in Christ …
Since the hearth is the heart of the home, we loved adding the warm glow of Christmas lights to our faux fireplace. Just as Christ is God’s light in us!
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 4:6
Hollowed egg shells symbolize new life and the empty tomb. The tradition of painted eggs, which originated in Eastern Europe, is celebrated during Easter in many cultures around the world.
“Osterbrunnen,” which began in the early 20th century in northern Bavaria, is a German Easter tradition of decorating public wells and fountains with eggs (now usually artificial), paper ribbons and evergreen garlands. Bronner’s has celebrated Osterbrunnen for many years with outdoor displays and has been joined by other Frankenmuth businesses the past 10 years. Frankenmuth’s Osterbrunnen 2017 runs March 31 – April 30
With a song ever in their hearts, the birds teach us how to have a heart of worship. And Matthew 6:26 reminds us that if our Father’s eye is on the sparrow, He will certainly look after us.
Another symbol of Easter, flowers picture resurrection as they push through the earth to bud and bloom after winter’s bitter cold, which, for many, represents a season of death.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Butterflies bring a wealth of symbolism as they transition through struggle from a crawling caterpillar to a creation of free-flight.
As they flutter by, butterflies are a stunning reminder for us to cast our cares on Him – for Christ has come to set us free. (Galatians 5:1).
How do you re-purpose or upcycle your Christmas decorations throughout the year?