My Journey into the Ultimate Christmas Store

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If you have been following along with my blog, you know that my husband and I recently went on a lengthy road trip.  My favorite part of the entire trip was this Christmas store we visited called Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland, sorry about that family. This store is the biggest Christmas store in the entire world. My husband pointed out a billboard sign to me and asked if I wanted to go. Of course, I did. My husband told me a little bit about the store and my mind was instantly filled with Hallmark Christmas movies. I did not know that stores like this even existed. I just remember seeing them on Hallmark and thinking, man, I would love to work at a store like that. I quickly looked up the store on my phone and discovered it was 8 hours away. We were shocked that they had advertisement so far out. My husband promised me to take me there after we saw family. We would add it to our path out of Michigan. I was extremely excited.  


I want to give you a little bit of a backstory of how much I love Christmas. If you have ever seen Santa Clause 2, you would know that Santa has to find a Mrs. Claus in order to stay Santa. I am that person that would be like, well, we have to save Christmas. I would marry Santa on the sole purpose of saving Christmas. Could you imagine the North Pole? Now, I know that all sounds insane but, thankfully I am married now and will not be falling for that line.  

When my husband was deployed, I listened to Christmas music the entire month of July because it brought me joy. When I was induced to have my son, they advised me to bring a movie that would relax me and take my mind off things. What did I bring? I brought Elf. We watched it twice. I am sure everybody thought I was crazy but, I was about to push out a baby. Frankly, I could watch whatever movie I want, even if it was the middle of June. I believe Christmas is an entire season and it truly is magical. At this point, you are either with me or you think I am being ridiculous but, this should give you a glimpse of how ecstatic I was to be able to visit this store.  


We drove to Grand Rapids, where his Aunt, Uncle, and cousins live. We were now about 3 hours away from the store. I simply could not wait to see this store, so on a day that they were all busy, we drove up there. My husband told me what time they close and asked me if that would be enough time. I looked at him like he was crazy. I responded with, “we will probably only be in there for 30 minutes.” Boy, was I wrong! We were in there for 3 hours. I was absolutely exhausted by the time we left. The store is huge. I feel like there were parts of the store we probably missed.   


If you take another look at the title, you will notice that Christ is capitalized in Christmas. This store does have a big selection of Christian based things. We personally are religious people and I loved looking at the stuff. I got a wonderful sign. If you have a different set of beliefs, do not worry, there is plenty of lights, Santa décor, trees, and pretty much anything you can imagine.  

My son was 9 months old at the time and loved the store. There is a lot of stimulating stuff. Thankfully, this caused him to be entertained for the three hours that we were in the store. As you are walking around the store, there are tons of Santa decorations and Nativity decorations above you. They are all oversized. There are a lot of Christmas lights above you as well. It truly was a winter wonderland. They had so many ornaments that they organized them by color. My amazing husband allowed me to buy the Christmas tree of my dreams. I was so excited that I actually took a selfie with it. We also picked out some ornaments to go along with the tree.   


We went the week of Easter. Therefore, they had the Easter Bunny out taking photos with the children. The amazing part of this was, it does not cost money. As long as you bring a way to take a photo, you have a picture for free. Obviously, they do pictures with Santa as well and already have the dates and times up for when they will be doing that this year. I find this amazing.   


They do have a cafe and one of my favorite parts of that was the Santa and Mrs. Claus life-size figurines eating their lunch. We also enjoyed reading facts about the store as we ate. Did you know that they spend on average $1250 a DAY on electricity? That sounds completely unrealistic but, then you take another look around and with all the lights, the things that move, the Christmas trees, it begins to make sense.   


The part of this store that can really get you into trouble is that you can ship your items to your house. We would not be in our apartment for a while but to our surprise, they can delay ship items! Eventually, we made it to Virginia and received our packages. I opened the packages to find white packing peanuts that you have to dig through to get to your items.  I felt like it was a symbolism of snow.  Well, my husband kept eating the peanuts because he’s weird. I told him that is bad for him but, it did not matter. My husband did some research on it and to our surprise, they are completely biodegradable and made from starch. Bronner’s actually makes them in their store. Now, if that does not scream elves and put the icing on top of the cake, then, I do not know what will.   


I enjoyed our trip to Bronner’s so much. I highly recommend making it out there one day. It truly was a magical experience. I hope that one day we have the opportunity to go back. Honestly, I felt like I was in a Hallmark Christmas movie. I absolutely love Christmas movies and this was like a dream come true for me. I hope that if you do make it up to this store, that you enjoy it as much as I did.