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ChantelleJoy
10-30-2013, 06:01 PM
I'm very excited to announce that I'll be heading out on a Road Trip with my mother tomorrow, travelling from Toronto, Canada to Frankenmuth, Michigan to visit
The World's Largest Christmas Store (http://www.bronners.com/).

I have been there once before, 2005 I believe, but it was a very hectic day, driving in - shopping - and driving home all within the same day! It's a 3.5-4hr drive, so it was kind of a blur!

This year, however, we'll be driving in Thursday evening, spending the night, shopping all day Friday, and enjoying the evening in the town, and heading home Saturday.

This is a special trip for several reasons. To start, it will be the first night(s) I'll ever have been away from my 5 month old baby. Second, I plan on buying some Important items, such as emboydered Stockings for the family (Mom, Dad, Lydia), and a Tree Skirt with our family name.

My internet access will be VERY limited while I'm away (Thursday-Saturday) - so please keep that in mind for updates / replies on the site here, but also - don't fret, I'll be taking a BAJILLION photos to share with everyone - this place is going to knock your socks off if you haven't seen it before!

:merrychristmas:

steph535
10-30-2013, 06:05 PM
How fun!! Enjoy your trip, Chantelle :yahoo:

ornamentmaven
10-30-2013, 06:35 PM
Enjoy yourself Chantelle!

tinkerbell2
10-30-2013, 06:39 PM
Have a great time and enjoy all the Christmas stuff...:treedance:

frostythesnowman
10-30-2013, 08:16 PM
have a fantastic time chantelle...:waving:

Papa_Christmas
10-30-2013, 08:24 PM
Do you think Mom will leave with a few new Nutcrackers?

I hope the two of you have a wonderful time:elf3:

Crazymike1965
11-02-2013, 03:24 AM
Have fun Chantelle :)

ChantelleJoy
11-04-2013, 09:37 PM
I wanted to share my photos from the trip, I took a few specifically to show the forum!

For Tink & Everyone in England (I know there are a few of you):
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3813/10654308763_af2cf9c50b.jpg http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7405/10654103774_f93973ee03.jpg


For Olga :)
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2822/10654096476_ae9d613c6b.jpg



And a few of my favourite decoration shots.

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2826/10654226103_7c4e3d0da9.jpg
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3830/10654014524_b9b1603c0f.jpg


Me, in a Christmas Tree Forest!
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3810/10654008444_565448a7c6.jpg

Click Here to see my Photo Gallery from the trip! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chantelle-joy/sets/72157637273853964/)

I'll update later when I start to decorate with everything I bought (LOTS!).

MinnesotaMike
11-04-2013, 09:38 PM
AWESOME!! I SO want to go there with my family sometime!!!

olga
11-04-2013, 09:41 PM
hahaha!! Chantelle, I can not believe that you found those ornaments!!
Thanks for the pic!!! Soo funny!! :)

ChantelleJoy
11-04-2013, 09:52 PM
AWESOME!! I SO want to go there with my family sometime!!!

You really, really should! I can't wait to go again in 3-4yrs when Lydia is old enough to enjoy it!



hahaha!! Chantelle, I can not believe that you found those ornaments!!
Thanks for the pic!!! Soo funny!! :)

I wish you had seen me, I was looking around and saw Italy, Poland, Germany, Japan, but NO GREECE! So I said, OUT LOUD, "Where's Greece!!!!" some stranger lady pointed me in the right direction - it was a VERY SMALL area - but I just HAD to get a picture for you! :smitten:

MinnesotaMike
11-04-2013, 10:24 PM
You really, really should! I can't wait to go again in 3-4yrs when Lydia is old enough to enjoy it!




I wish you had seen me, I was looking around and saw Italy, Poland, Germany, Japan, but NO GREECE! So I said, OUT LOUD, "Where's Greece!!!!" some stranger lady pointed me in the right direction - it was a VERY SMALL area - but I just HAD to get a picture for you! :smitten:

This is where I would like to utilize a "Like" button! HAHA!!!!

Merry Christmas Darling
11-04-2013, 10:24 PM
Oh, my goodness! Thank you for sharing. I'd be sure to take my cell phone as I know I would get separated from whoever went with me! "Hi, where are you? Could you come to where I am? I just can't walk anymore!"

MinnesotaMike
11-04-2013, 10:29 PM
Oh, my goodness! Thank you for sharing. I'd be sure to take my cell phone as I know I would get separated from whoever went with me! "Hi, where are you? Could you come to where I am? I just can't walk anymore!"

You could say "Meet me in Greece!" HA!!

ornamentmaven
11-05-2013, 06:10 PM
Love your photos Chantelle!!!

ChantelleJoy
11-05-2013, 09:45 PM
Love your photos Chantelle!!!

Thanks OM! I love them too - and really will cherish them each year that I can't make the trip over.
I'm really, really lucky to only live 4-5hrs away. :)

gingerelf
11-05-2013, 09:55 PM
Awesome!!! Looks like I'll have to make sure to plan a road trip next year. Can't wait to check out the pics.

steph535
11-05-2013, 10:53 PM
I lived in Michigan all my life (except maybe the past 11 or so years) and never went there, can you believe it? I did go to Frankenmuth once with a church group but we didn't go to Bronner's.

MinnesotaMike
11-06-2013, 02:01 AM
I lived in Michigan all my life (except maybe the past 11 or so years) and never went there, can you believe it? I did go to Frankenmuth once with a church group but we didn't go to Bronner's.

That's funny. Do you still have family there that you can visit?

steph535
11-06-2013, 05:52 AM
That's funny. Do you still have family there that you can visit?

I do still have family there, my one brother (my oldest brother also lived there but passed away a few years ago), my second oldest daughter and her family, and my oldest son and his girlfriend. Unfortunately, most don't have extra room for my son and I to stay with them, and usually nobody has the money for gas to go or they don't have the time, and yadayadayada. lol Besides, even if anyone had the time or money, nobody would be interested in going, I don't think, since I am the only Christmas fanatic in the family.

*Snowflake*
11-27-2013, 07:19 PM
oh my God I want to go there too:elf3:
This year I'm going to Italy, place called Bussolengo (the biggest indoor Christmas market):santa:
beautiful ornaments:treedance: