The Scrumptious Pumpkin

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I just arrived home from a trip to Michigan to spend time with Meat-and-Potatoes-Guy’s side of the family and discovered something completely unexpected:

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Michigan is an ideal destination around the holidays.

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There are holiday shows at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, which is a gorgeous theater (originally a movie theater built in the “Roaring 20’s”).

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It’s been restored with gold leaf and deep red “marble” columns, velvet seats, and hand-painted stenciled ceilings. It’s huge, ornate, and beautifully decorated for the holidays.

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An hour outside the city is Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, the “word’s largest christmas store,” an unapologetically gaudy store filled with room after room of every Christmas ornament and decoration you can imagine. It’s crowded to overflowing with families and impossible to resist buying at least one new ornament for the tree (or ten, in my case).

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And downtown is a charming shopping district, complete with a covered bridge (the…

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