Welcome to “Beamer’s Holiday Beat,” Bronner’s e-newsletter for everyone who shares Wally Bronner’s and my passion for Christmas. (Wally asked me to tell you there are only 20 days until Christmas!)

Bronner’s recently announced the arrival of www.MyChristmasWonderland.com, the Christmas lights site for sharing outdoor Christmas decorations with the world. Simply pinpoint your Christmas decorations display on the map, and add a picture and description. How’s that for spreading a little Christmas cheer? It’s a great way to gather decorating ideas from others, too!

Several ornament artists, collectible artists, and even an ornament glassblower and his wife (an ornament painter) have joined us at Bronner’s this fall. It’s always a joy to welcome these special guests to Bronner’s.

It’s not too late to order decorations and gifts from Bronner’s. Shop online at www.bronners.com or call (989) 652-9931 by December 12 to place an order for regular ground delivery in the 48 states by December 22. Second-day air orders must be placed by noon (EST) on December 19 for delivery by December 22. Overnight orders must be placed by noon (EST) on December 20 for delivery by December 22. (Personalized items not included.)

The Bronner family and staff join me in wishing you a blessed celebration of the birth of Jesus, our Savior.

Thank you for inviting me into your home. You’re welcome at my home, www.bronners.com or 25 Christmas Lane in Frankenmuth, all year long!

Take the charm and elegance of this snowflake
display with you into the new year.

Symbol of the Cardinal
Christened the Christmas bird for its spectacular red color, the cardinal has become a symbol of the beauty and warmth of the holiday season. A glimpse of this brilliant bird brings cheer, hope and inspiration on a gray, wintry day. As nature’s reminder for us to focus on our faith, the cardinal’s scarlet plumage represents the blood of Christ shed for the redemption of mankind.
Symbol of the Cardinal card included.

Pair of cardinals on bell ornament

Bronner’s New Site Featuring Home Light Displays

Bronner’s recently announced the arrival of MyChristmasWonderland.com, the Christmas lights site for sharing outdoor Christmas decorations with the world.
Simply go to MyChristmasWonderland.com and click on “add your home.” Then follow simple instructions to pinpoint your Christmas decorations display on the map, and add a picture and description of your Christmas light display. Tips for taking great Christmas light display photos and sizing photos for MyChristmasWonderland.com are readily available. You can even alert your friends so they can post their own display.

Click on map locations to view the displays of other decorating aficionados and to vote for favorites. To expand or start a display, you can shop MyChristmasWonderland.com for quality outdoor Christmas lights and decorations, and find dozens of Christmas decorating ideas to inspire you along the way. Bronner’s also offers a broad selection of Christmas trees and Nativity sets for the indoor decorator. MyChristmasWonderland.com is owned by Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland.

Design your own ornament online!

Just add your favorite photo and two lines of text.

Plug the included pigtail light into the ornament and see the scenes come alive!
$19.99 (shipping not included)
Click HERE to order your personalized photo ornaments!

Wally Bronner Is “Sharing JOY 365”

“Sharing JOY 365,” the newly released autobiography of Wally Bronner, originator of Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, is available at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan, and online at www.bronners.com. It retails for $18.95.

The book, 336 pages in length with over 1000 photos, portrays Wally’s life story from early childhood to the present. “Sharing JOY 365” features unique photos from his early years, wedding to wife Irene, and the beginning of the business in 1945 through 2006.

Wally has been working occasionally on his autobiography since age 75 and has devoted a great deal of time to it in recent months with the goal of finishing it by his 80th birthday in March 2007.

Several Bronner team members gathered information and photos, and handled design and layout of the book. William Anderson, author of “The World of the Trapp Family,” co-authored “Sharing JOY 365.”

For more information, contact Bronner’s customer service at (989) 652-9931 or customerservice@bronner.com.

 Bronner’s Lights the Silver Screen

Craig Fick, one of Bronner’s commercial salesmen, continues to assist film crews with light and décor purchases for their movie sets. He sold product to these movies released in 2006: “Something New,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” “Escape Clause: The Santa Clause 3,” “Deck the Halls.” He also supplied “I Am Legend” (release date November 2007). Bronner’s commercial department supplies cities, parks, shopping centers, malls, churches, and movie production companies with seasonal decorations.

I Will

Andrew Riis proposed to Krystle MacDonald at Bronner’s on November 22, 2006, and she accepted his proposal! Andrew thanked the Bronner staff for making the event, which took place in section 10C/wedding ornaments, extra-special for them. Andrew and Krystle are students at Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, Wisconsin.


Coming Events At Bronner's...

Santa Visits
Santa visits at Bronner’s continue through Sunday, December 24. Santa will be greeting children Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. On Sunday, Santa will be greeting children from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. For groups of 25 or more, please phone (989) 652-9935, extension 462. Because Santa is so busy on Christmas Eve, his visiting hours will end at 3 p.m. that day, and Bronner’s will close at 4 p.m.

Teresa Thibault Ornament Signing

Ornament artist Teresa Thibault will be signing her ornaments purchased at Bronner’s Friday through Sunday, December 8 through 10. She will be signing on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Precious Moments® Company
Doll Signing

Linda Rick, Precious Moments Company’s nationally renowned doll designer, and Richard Hay, Precious Moments Company President, will sign Precious Moments dolls purchased Saturday, December 16, at Bronner’s. Just in time for Christmas!

Wally and Irene Sing-along
Wally Bronner will lead caroling in Bronner’s program center on Friday and Saturday, December 22 and 23, from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Irene Bronner will accompany the singing on an old-fashioned pump organ.

Silent Night Sing-along
Wally Bronner and a guest guitarist will lead the singing of “Silent Night” in Bronner’s Silent Night Memorial Chapel on Sunday, December 24, from 3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m

Bronner A Reindeer Story Book Signing

Bronner's Christmas Wonderland provided inspiration for Katherine Larson's whimsical illustrations and Brenda Roggenbuck's fascinating tale Bronner A Reindeer Story (click to view and purchase). This 21 page, hard cover

book features a charming tale of one reindeer's dream to pull Santa's sleigh and belong to a loving child. The author will be at Bronner’s on December 16 for a book signing.

Watch this space every month for the results of our previous Question of the Quarter.

A total of 345 responses were received from our September e-newsletter’s question of the quarter. The question and a summary of the responses are listed below.

My First Experience with
Bronner's was...

18.8% (65) answered "visiting one of the original three locations in downtown Frankenmuth prior to 1977"

59.7% (206) answered "visiting 25 Christmas Lane (present location in Frankenmuth)"

19.4% (67) answered "via website, catalog or mail order"

2.0% (7) answered "other"

Click here to answer this quarter’s poll question.

Have an idea for a possible future
Question of the Quarter? Please email us at holidaybeat@bronner.com

Links to Fun and Helpful Sections of Our Web Site
E-Newsletter Archives
Events Calendar
Christmas Tree Decorating Tips
Bronner’s Photo Contest
Festive Cookie Frosting
Christmas Quiz

We want to hear from you! If you have suggestions or ideas for our quarterly e-newsletter, please share them with us. You may email us at holidaybeat@bronner.com

Know someone else who would enjoy reading Beamer's Holiday Beat? Feel free to pass this issue on to them.


Watch for Bronner's...
On CBS Sunday Morning. They filmed at Bronner's on December 5 for a segment about Christmas trees tentatively schedule to run on December 10, 2006. To find out air times in your city, click here for local listings.

Pictured L-R: CBS Sunday Morning Correspondent Bill Geist, Bronner’s Tree Buyer Sandra Schafsnitz, CBS Cameraman Doug Susalla. Photo by Wayne Bronner.

Bible Verse
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Matthew 1: 20 & 21


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