Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland is to me, what Tiffany’s was to Holly Golightly. “Nothing bad could ever happen to you there.”
You can walk through the doors of the world’s biggest Christmas store, on a hot day in August, and drift away into a holiday haze. A soundtrack of your favourite Christmas tunes follows you as you meander your way through two-football fields worth of sparkling, glittering ornaments, trees, and trimmings.
This was our second visit to Mr. Bronner’s masterpiece and this time I had a plan. The first time we shopped at Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland we were overwhelmed by the magnitude of the place. The number and variety of ornaments is dazzling. Every interest or occupation or motif you can think of, Bronner’s will have an ornament to suit. Prior to this trip, I visited the website and honed in on my areas of interest. Like last year, we went into our shopping trip with the intent to each purchase one special ornament. This year, Duncan got a log cabin with a red roof, because it looked a bit like our house. Liam debated between a sparkly elephant and a John Deere Tractor. In the end he chose the tractor. I got a pop-up trailer and had it customized to say Cottage On Wheels on the top.
They have, pretty well, everything you might want for Christmas; including Santa suits. Duncan went behind a shelving unit and came out wearing a Santa hat and beard. Liam wasn’t sure what to think. It was as if he was almost sure it was Daddy, but didn’t want to trust his intuition. As soon as Duncan took the costume off, Liam thought it was tremendously funny.
When we got back to the trailer Liam grabbed his favourite blanky (also John Deere) and stuck it in his mouth so it spilled down like a beard. He announced, “look Mommy, I’m blanky Santa”. Very imaginative, I thought.
We were staying at Jellystone Park, right across the road from Bronner’s, so once it was dark; we went back over to see the Christmas light display that’s set up year round. The lights and displays were lovely and fun to see in shorts and a tee shirt. We had the dog with us that time and she was thrilled. She was absolutely positive that the sheep in the nativity were real. She had to investigate and give them a good sniff. Eventually she joined the nativity herself. I’m fairly sure there was a small black and white dog by the manger when Jesus was born…can’t rule it out anyway. When she realized that she couldn’t herd the sheep she got bored and we left. No harm done.
I’m already planning our next shopping trip. I’m going to need a shot of Christmas next summer too.