FULL of snow much personal-ity, it’s hard not to think of someone when you see any one of Department 56’s® popular line of Snowpinions®, designed by artist Kristi Jensen Pierro! As a result, we had so much fun pairing up staff with different pieces during the launch of Bronner’s blog in 2016 in this popular post. Our newest arrival of frosty friends once again begs the question — just who will the Snowpinions® awards go to this time around?!
To be sure, Bronner’s has SNOW many fun, NEW Snowpinions® to choose from. Consequently, each has a flurry of personality that gives them a slightly magical air, kind of like Frosty the Snowman.
1. Go Your Own Way
And the “Go Your Own Way” Snowpinions® award goes to none other than …
This award is well deserved! Not only is Dietrich always on the go – he is often seen biking or running around – but he also does it with his own penchant for fashion.
Additionally, Dietrich garners this award because his culinary creativity never follows the mold. (More on that to come soon so you may want to subscribe to be notified as new posts and recipes pop up!)
2. Sent This Bird to Say I Love You
With its lovely crimson-red plumage, the cardinal holds a special significance in many cultures. Its appearance is often viewed as a symbol of the presence of a lost loved one or a spiritual messenger. For this reason, sighting a cardinal reminds us that we are loved and not alone.
Likewise, this “Sent This Bird to Say ‘I Love You’” Snowpinions® is a touching way to show your support for those living with the memories of a loved one forever in their heart. This solemn Snowpinions® is presented in memory of a loving father, Dale Moshier, to his living legacy and daughter, and our fellow blogger,
“There are so many memories … My dad loved people, especially his family. He was a member of numerous organizations (Red Cross, Toys for Tots, food pantries, city council, etc.), and he was always helping someone out every single day. Holidays were no exception,” Brooke shared.
“My dad taught my sisters and me how to make paper flowers. He would make these all of the time for us and even made some as decorations for his wedding. He would put them in vases around the house to brighten our day and at times would even spray them to make them smell pretty.”
3. Though Apart, You’re in My Heart
When children have grown and on their way gone, a mother knows better than most that though apart they never leave your heart.
With a son who umpires nationally for the MLB, a daughter on the east coast with her Naval husband and another daughter who travels internationally, we of course have to award the “Though Apart, You’re In My Heart” Snowpinions® to mama of three and Bronner’s communications assistant,
Consequently, as the family has grown, so has Lori’s heart. In addition to her sweet granddog Striker, indeed named in nod to dad’s profession in baseball, she now has two terrific, adorable grandsons who call her Nana as well! And a second grandpup, Kiwi has recently joined the family, too.
4. Furry & Bright
Shannon is dog mom to two sweet rescues, and Lori shares that story of fur-ever love in the post Pet Rescue: Penny’s Story. Sharing a few more fun highlights on the personalities of this PAW-some pair, Shannon jests that it feels a bit like creating an online dating profile. (But fur-real … these two are not on the market.😉)
- Complete MUTT
- Almost 4 years old
- Is ALWAYS smiling
- Has one eye
- Occasionally runs into walls but has never missed catching a falling treat
- LOVES: Food, car rides and her hooman dad
- HATES: ALL delivery trucks
- What Mama loves most about Penny: Penny is an absolute clown! A total goofball who makes everyone laugh! And she is the most intelligent, cuddly, independent pup I’ve ever known. She wears her heart on her sleeve … if she wore clothes, I mean.
- Black-and-silver-dappled miniature dachshund
- 12 years old
- Has the squishiest little paws
- Recently gone deaf in both ears
- Still barks at everything he DOESN’T hear
- LOVES: Parmesan cheese, ear rubs, and burrowing under blankets
- HATES: Getting out of bed for anything … besides food
- What Mama loves most about Otto: Otto is one of my oldest friends and we’ve been through so much together. One of my favorite parts of the day is tucking him in at night. He looks me in the eye and lets out the most content little sigh. Then I do, too.
5. Not Drinking Alone if the Cat Is Home
Whether you’re of the “Snowpinion” that you are a dog person or a cat person, every pet parent can agree that animals steal our hearts FUR-ever! So it’s no surprise that Eileen and her fur-baby are the “berry” best of buds! (Yup, his name is Berry and we think he’s berry cute, too!)
Eileen & Berry Boone!
“Berry likes to play fetch and loves people, especially men. (He gives Russell back rubs.) A glass of wine and back rub: now that’s a PAWS-itively PURR-fect night at home!
6. Kitty Christmas
Malissa Krueger and her cat Q!
Like Shannon, Malissa’s fur-baby Q is a rescue. Q came with the first snow of the season in 2015.
Malissa jokes he got more than he bargained for, thinking he was choosing a single woman. Turns out her husband was just away on a business trip, and Q wasn’t thrilled to meet the master of the house when Bob returned!
Q is definitely Malissa’s cat, though he does like to crawl on Bob’s lap at the end of the day for some male bonding in front of the TV.
7. Wine Me Up
Have you ever met one of those people who is the life of the party and just bubbles with joy from within — even without wine?! Well, that’s Shelley, one of our assistant supervisors. Follow the laughter and you’re sure to find her at the center because Shelley has the uncanny ability to wind others up with her infectious joy!
It’s for this reason …
… wins the “Wine Me Up” Snowpinions® award!
And would you be able to guess? She couldn’t be more excited about it!
8. Be My Snuggle Buddy
“That Snowpinions® looks like me every weekend with my cup of coffee!” Erin shared. And whether you’re a “Big Cuddler” or a “Little Snuggler,” what mom doesn’t love a snuggle buddy or two?!
Of these merry moments with her daughters, Erin adds, “We all even have our own special blankets!”
9. Life’s Short, Eat the Cookies
And the sweet “Life Is Short, Eat the Cookies” Snowpinions® award goes to …
OK, I have to be completely honest! I’m snagging this accolade for myself.😉 That’s just the way the cookie crumbles …
But in truth, I think my coworkers would agree that this award is well earned as you can clearly see by the little scavenger hunt they set up for me one year! It solely featured one of my favorite Christkindlmarkt treats, imported from Germany, Lebkuchen (ginger spice) COOKIES!
10. One Bite Zero Calories Snowpinions®
Though she doesn’t work here, she’s inspired many a post on Bronner’s blog. It’s for this reason I’m nominating my friend Kelly for the “One Bite Zero Calories” Snowpinions® award! Additionally, it couldn’t be more fitting because, ironically, she is often sharing on her Kustom Baked Kreations By Kelly page that her “Kookies” are most certainly “calorie free … if you don’t eat them.”
It’s my snow-pinion that this “sweet” guy is PERFECT for her! … And that we are in fact a friendship made in heaven! She bakes the “kookies” and I, well, I am happy to enjoy them!😂
Bronner’s Virtual Cookie Exchange Recipe ⇆ Swap
Do you love cookies, too? You won’t want to miss our VIRTUAL COOKIE EXCHANGE with incredible recipe shares for cookies like
- Hot Cocoa Cookies
- Cranberry Orange Cookies
- Peppermint Truffle Cookies
- Grinch Crinkle Cookies
Just to name a few! These recipes can be found in the comments section of the post. Sound delish?!
BRONNER’S SNOWPINIONS® GIVEAWAY!
The good news is these coveted Snowpinions® awards aren’t as exclusive as, say, an Oscar. So you can snag any one of these Snowpinions® for a loved one, and even yourself, too!
To celebrate Christmas In July, Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland is giving away two Snowpinions® ornaments to one lucky winner!
To enter Bronner’s GIVEAWAY
Win Snowpinions® for a loved one and yourself by letting us know in the comments below which two you’d select with a small description of why.
For an additional entry, SHARE this post to Facebook by tagging @BronnersChristmas using the share buttons in this post. Please note, your profile must be public and Bronner’s must be tagged for extra entry to be valid.
Bronner’s Snowpinions® Giveaway Terms & Conditions
Our team will review all comments and shares submitted by 11:59 p.m. July 24 and announce a winner on JULY 25, 2023. Winner will be notified by email and have 14 days to respond.
Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and void where prohibited. Bronner’s staff and immediate family members are not eligible.
Bronner’s reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the giveaway at any time.
BRONNER’S ANNOUNCES SNOWPINIONS® GIVEAWAY WINNER!
Thank you to everyone who commented with a sweet story of which pieces you’d select and who you’d share with! We always treasure your cherished memories and traditions! Bronner’s Snowpinions® Giveaway is now CLOSED.
A warm (or should it be cool?!) CONGRATULATIONS goes to SAM who chose ‘Sent This Bird To Say I Love You’ for her Mom, and ‘Life Is Short, Eat The Cookies’ for herself. (We must say, you have good taste!😉)