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 202 days until Christmas!)

New items have begun arriving this spring. Bronner’s receiving department will be bursting at the seams as new product arrival peaks in July and exciting, new items quickly make their way to the salesroom.

Wonder what’s going to be hot this fall? Penguins, dance, and more-personalization-than-ever are popular trends. New inflatables will include a lighthouse, fishing Santa in a boat, beach Santa with palm trees, and new snow globes (some animated). Almost all trees will be prelit and more realistic than ever. 2006 will even bring Christmas-themed magnetic car art (decorations for cars). Department 56 is offering some new village pieces with LED/battery lighting that eliminates cords. Glitter lamps (glitter instead of lava in the lamp) will be available in Christmas shapes (tree, snowman, Santa).Trendy colors for 2006 include chocolates, pinks, teal, lime green, oranges, and coppers.

I really enjoy hearing from you so please take time to answer my survey question about your first experience with Bronner’s. Responses will appear in survey form in the next quarterly e-newsletter.

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!

Summertime is beach time! Do you fish, dive, surf, swim or just enjoy the sights and smells of the ocean? Bring a little of the ocean home with you with this display from Bronner’s.

View the featured items.

Symbol of the Dolphin

Because of their intelligence and playful ways, dolphins are one of Mother Nature’s most fascinating creatures.
Roman, Greek, and Celtic stories feature their amazing ability to communicate with each other and tell miraculous tales of dolphins rescuing drowning humans. Because of this friendliness to man, dolphins represent the peace, harmony, and tranquility that can be achieved in life.

Glass Dolphin Disk Ornament

Free Regular Shipping on Purchases of $100 or More
Receive free regular shipping to any one address in the 48 continental states with any purchase of $100 or more. Good in-store and at www.bronners.com. Additional or item oversize shipping charges still apply and will be shown on your e-mail confirmation from Bronner’s. Not valid on previous purchases, special orders or with other offers.

Free shipping offer expires June 30, 2006, at www.bronners.com. Plan ahead for Father’s Day (June 18), summer weddings and backyard parties. Be sure to enter COUPON CODE FS at online checkout or mention it with your phone order.

Some ideas to get you started …
“Bronner’s Flavorful Favorites” cookbook (#1105250 at $13.99), great for backyard BBQs and summer potlucks.

Bronner’s personalized bells ornament (#1095961 at $12.99), a wonderful remembrance for weddings or anniversaries.

Patriotic lighted sphere (#1068375 at $17.99), a perfect Independence Day decoration for your porch or camper.

Flip flop lights (#1100418 at $10.99), a whimsical touch for poolside or bath.

Free shipping offer expires in-store on September 5, 2006. Summer traveler to Frankenmuth with no room in your car for that must-have Christmas inflatable? No problem. Bronner’s can ship it home for you.

Can’t wait until you visit Frankenmuth? Start shopping now.

Paint-N-Go Primes Its Brushes
Bronner’s Paint-N-Go promotion will begin July 1 and run daily through Labor Day. The painter will be located in section 10F. Guests may order Paint-N-Go personalized ornaments at the customer service counter. The ornament(s) will be available for pickup at customer service in one or two hours. After Labor Day, this service will be available weekends only through September.

Bronner’s Village Grows

Department 56 is crafting a second, exclusive Snow Village lighted piece for Bronner’s. The first, a replica of Bronner’s Tannenbaum Shop, was produced in 2004. This second village piece is modeled after Bronner’s Original Store at 121 E. Tuscola near Main Street. Bronner’s Original Store was built by Bronner Brothers Construction (Wally Bronner’s father and uncle) and opened in 1954.
The new village piece is expected to be available in September and will retail for $99.99 (SKU #1115178). You may reserve Bronner’s Original Store online or by calling or emailing customer service at (989) 652-9931 or customerservice@bronner.com.

Bronner’s Flavorful Favorites
We thought you might like to try one of the recipes from Bronner’s staff cookbook, “Bronner’s Flavorful Favorites.” The cookbook features over 400 recipes submitted by Bronner’s staff and is available online or in-store for $13.99.

Chocolate Crunch Cookies
submitted by Carla Bronner Spletzer

1 c. butter or margarine, softened
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
6 T. baking cocoa
1 c. flour
2 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. salt
3 c. miniature marshmallows
1 c. creamy peanut butter
2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-2 c. Rice Krispies

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs to creamed mixture. Stir in baking cocoa, flour, vanilla, and salt. Spread into greased 13 x 9-inch pan. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and spread marshmallows over entire top and return to oven for about 3 minutes. Melt peanut butter and chocolate chips in sauce pan over low heat stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in Rice Krispies. Spread this over marshmallow layer. Chill before cutting.


Coming Events At Bronner's...

Fontanini Special
Save 20% on 12-inch and larger Fontanini figures through September 30, 2006. Offer is good for in-store, web, and phone orders. Special orders also apply. Shipping is not included. The offer is not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts.

Flag Designer to Appear
Meet Bob Heft, designer of America's current 50-star flag, when he signs United States flags and other patriotic items purchased at Bronner’s on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 13 and 14. Mr. Heft will be available to speak with guests, pose for pictures, and provide autographs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no charge for Bob Heft’s autograph, but a donation to Michigan’s Own, Inc. Military and Space Museum is appreciated.

Santa on Vacation Event
Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus as they vacation and shop at Bronner’s on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 7, 8 and 9, from noon to 4 p.m. each day. Children of all ages are invited to stop by and get a glimpse of the right jolly old elf. (Look for his red and white Hawaiian shirt!) Bring your camera for a great photo opportunity.

Ulbricht Nutcracker Signing
Ines Ulbricht will be greeting collectors and signing Ulbricht nutcrackers purchased at Bronner’s on Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Meet Ines Ulbricht at Bronner’s.

Precious Moments Doll Event
Linda Rick, Precious Moments doll designer, and Richard Hay, Precious Moments president, will greet guests and sign Precious Moments doll purchases at Bronner’s on Saturday and Sunday, August 5 and 6. Event hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 6. Join our Precious Moments Doll Event.

Hummel Master Painter Ulrich Tendera
Meet Ulrich Tendera, Hummel master painter, who will demonstrate his figurine painting skills at Bronner’s Friday through Sunday, August 11-13, 2006. He will also sign any Hummel figurines purchased at Bronner’s during the event.

Department 56 Event with Artist Tom Bates
Department 56 village artist, Tom Bates, will greet collectors and sign Department 56 purchases on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16. He has designed buildings and accessories for several villages including The Original Snow Village, North Pole Series, Christmas in the City, and Seasons Bay. Meet Tom Bates at Bronner’s.

Dean Griff Charming Tails Event
Attend Bronner’s Charming Tails event on Saturday, October 14, 2006, and enjoy the rare opportunity to meet creator Dean Griff. He will be greeting guests and signing Charming Tails figurines purchased at the event. Two special event pieces will be available. “Dairy Good Friends” will retail for $32 and “Believe – A Single Word Can Mean So Much” will retail for $28 and be accompanied by a lapel pin.

Cherished Teddies Event with Priscilla and Glenn Hillman
Priscilla and Glenn Hillman will be greeting collectors and signing Cherished Teddies purchases at Bronner’s on Saturday, November 4, 2006.
They will be signing from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The special event figurine, “Fran and Vinny: It’s Lovely Weather for a Sleigh Ride Together” will be available for $35.

Bible Verse
"And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."
Ephesians 6:4

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

A total of 342 responses were received from our March e-newsletter’s question of the quarter. The question and a summary of the responses are listed below.

When purchasing an ornament from Bronner’s, is an ornament that is exclusive to Bronner’s more desirable than an ornament that is not exclusive to Bronner’s?

62% (212) answered "I'd want to purchase an ornament from Bronner’s that I knew I could not find elsewhere for my own use or gift-giving."

34% (116) answered "Makes no difference to me or to gift recipient if an ornament is exclusive to Bronner’s. I just buy what I like."

4% (14) answered "Not sure"

Click here to answer this quarter’s poll question.

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