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Mr. Christmas dies at the age of 81

By jdclyde ·
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"Wally Bronner was the personification of Christmas in Michigan."

If you love Christmas, you would love going to Bronners.

The Bronner's family made this a great place to take the family, all year long. It didn't matter if you wanted modern or traditional, they had it.

Have you ever made the trip to Bronner's?
http://www.bronners.com/

Wally Bronner, you were a great man, and will be missed.

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I went there once.

by RFink In reply to Mr. Christmas dies at the ...

My company had its Christmas party at the Bavarian Inn a few years back. My wife and I swung by Bronner's before hand. The store was impressive. It was too crowded to enjoy anything.

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The store is best during the off season

by jdclyde In reply to I went there once.

It is PACKED at Christmas time. (as you found out)

I still go a few times a year, including at Christmas.

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?What matters most to me is helping people to decorate their hearts

by jdclyde In reply to Mr. Christmas dies at the ...

?What matters most to me is helping people to decorate their hearts with peace and love.?

?We get so busy with all of our preparations that we forget that this is such an important time of year to stop and take time to reflect on our lives, our faith, our world,? he said.


How many of us need to stop and re-evaluate what is and what isn't important to us? People like Wally remind us to do that.

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I wish my family and I had been able to visit Bonners when he was there

by DadsPad In reply to Mr. Christmas dies at the ...

He would have been someone worth meeting.

I have gone to The Incredible Christmas Place at Bell Tower Square in Pigeon Forge, Tennesse, it was big! Now, next time we are in the Midwest, we will make a special trip there.

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I never got to meet him either

by jdclyde In reply to I wish my family and I ha ...

but always felt his presence in the place anyways.

You read about him and how he started it all, just amazing.

How he took his love for something and turned it into something so incredible, it is very inspiring.

I DO recommend the "off season" though. Like RFink mentioned, it is PACKED. Heck, it is busy all year round, but a mob scene in November and December. I went two months ago, and it was hopping.

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He will be greatly missed!

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Mr. Christmas dies at the ...

Living in Plymouth for 19 years and Kazoo for 9 before that, we made the trek to Frankenmuth many times.

Some of my best holiday memories involved taking friends along to spend a day at Bronners. I like to think I spread their fame cross-country over the years with those trips and by talking it up whenever I was in a Christmas Shop in some other state.

It is one of the handful of places and things I really miss and think about often since leaving MI.

Even though it is tragic news, Thanks, JD, for passing it along.

Wally Bronner - One-of-a-kind man and legacy!

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