Facebook Live-Video Santa Visits

In lieu of regular Santa visits this year, Bronner’s will be hosting four Facebook live-video visits with Santa. Save the dates and times: 7 p.m. Friday, November 27; 7 p.m. Thursday, December 3; 7 p.m. Thursday, December 10; and 7 p.m. Thursday, December 17. Santa is looking forward to talking to children of all ages, singing songs of the season, sharing a craft and recipe, and more. Tinsel the Elf and Mrs. Claus will join him for some of the

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5 Top-Voted European Christmas Markets

5 Top-Voted European Christmas Markets

PLEASE NOTE: This post on European Christmas markets was drafted up before the COVID pandemic, which has caused current travel restrictions. We’ve decided to share it as inspiration for when we can freely travel once again. (Instead of dreaming of sugar plums – you’ll surely have visions of Lebkuchen dancing in your head this Christmas😋!) I have a wanderlust heart. Unfortunately, as soon as cold weather hits, I’m in hibernation mode. Traveling in winter wasn’t something I’d ever really considered.

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Pet Rescue: Penny’s Story

Pet Rescue: Penny’s Story

Our First Pet Rescue Penny’s story really begins with the story of our first pet rescue. Since I grew up having dogs, I was anxious to get our first dog after my husband and I were married in early 2019. We finally adopted our first rescue dog in July 2019. When we met Walleye, a nine-year-old Chiweenie (Chihuahua/dachshund mix), he had just been neutered and had four staples in his head from a recent surgery. In addition, he had a

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How Germany Celebrates Christmas

How Germany Celebrates Christmas

Christmas … the holiday celebrated around the world! Traditions, some of them hundreds of years old, fill European Christmases. With this in mind, let’s look at how Germany celebrates Christmas through Advent, gift-giving and Christmas trees. Advent in Germany Advent is the four weeks leading up to Christmas. During Advent, many families in Germany display an Advent calendar and Advent wreath. Advent Calendar (Adventskalendar) The calendar countdown begins December 1. Each day children (or adults!) open a numbered door/window to

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Irish Blessings & Colcannon Recipe

Irish Blessings & Colcannon Recipe

Want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day but wish to keep it simple? Decorate with Irish blessings and devour a warm bowl of colcannon! I must confess that I delight in decorative touches in my home for various holidays. However, I don’t wish to invest a great deal of time or money. Christmas is a bit of an exception, but even then I’m looking to spend time and money wisely. Choose from Many Irish Blessings I decided to start by choosing

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Experiencing Easter Through Semana Santa

Experiencing Easter Through Semana Santa

“When Lorene Bronner shared with me her experience of Semana Santa in Guatemala last year, I was captivated by her story. Semana Santa is the celebration through Holy Week leading up to Easter. I invite you to take a trip to Latin America with me as Lorene vividly and reverently recalls her encounter with Semana Santa and the Guatemalan culture!” – Aileen Libbey

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5 Ways To Say “I Love You” This Valentine’s Day

5 Ways To Say “I Love You” This Valentine’s Day

We’re sharing 5 ways to say “I Love You” just in time for Valentine’s Day … or really for any day of the year! Showing someone how much they mean to you can never be overdone, in my personal opinion. To those who may beg to differ – and that’s OK – I’d like to offer this realization I happened upon years ago. You just never know if the moment you decide not to share your love or appreciation, for

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Celebrating Michigan with a Cookie Recipe

Celebrating Michigan with a Cookie Recipe

Michigan celebrates 183 years of statehood January 26, 2020. So you’ll find us celebrating Michigan, the only state with two peninsulas, with a delicious cookie recipe! In brief, the special ingredient is cream cheese, and we’ll double the deliciousness with both upper peninsula and lower peninsula cookie cutters. Smitten with the Mitten Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas are separated by the 5-mile Straits of Mackinac waterway joining Lakes Huron and Michigan. As a result, the Mackinac Bridge, a state landmark

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