It’s not easy being (ever)green!

We love Christmas here at the Bavarian Inn. And we love decorating! This is fortunate, because it takes a lot of work to get everything in place. Making it look magical doesn’t happen by magic alone!

 

How long!?

Think about how long it takes you to decorate for Christmas!

So, how much time does it take to decorate Bavarian Inn for Christmas? This is a question we get asked all the time. So, here’s the timeframe:

  • 8 hours to decorate the tree in the lobby (Yup, a whole workday!)
  • An additional day for the remainder of the lobby
  • 2 additional days to decorate the rest of the Bavarian Inn Lodge
  • Plus additional time for other trees and the conference center

 

Who decorates?

The leader of the Christmas décor is Toni, one of our housekeeping supervisors, and she is in charge of decorating year-round. However, Toni gets extra help because Christmas entails so much decorating. We think Toni does a fantastic job!

It takes a (Christmas) village

It takes many departments to get Bavarian Inn ready for the holidays. In addition to Housekeeping, we also have other departmental volunteers help with decorating. Maintenance also has many specialized jobs in helping too.

Trees

  • One up-side-down Christmas tree in the lobby
  • Twelve 5-foot up-side-down Christmas trees in the Fun Center

How do you reach that high?

We decorate the tree with the help of a scissor lift. Yes, decorating is serious business!

 

The decorations

There are all sorts of décor at Bavarian Inn! The decorations are carefully selected each year. In addition, a few things are handmade by Toni, such as the bows.

What decorations can you expect to see at Bavarian Inn at Christmastime? Decorations include ornament bulbs, ribbons, flowers, angels, stars, and multi-colored lights and white lights. Both are great for lighting up the season.

Mixing it up with color

Red and green, along with white and gold, are the traditional colors at Christmastime. We fully embrace this tradition. But we also like to mix it up and make things special from year to year!

Each Christmas at Bavarian Inn is a little different when it comes to the décor. We emphasize different colors, even at Christmas, to keep it fresh and interesting. Red and green are always present, but we incorporate many different colors into the palette and it changes from year to year.

While our decorations will always have that Bavarian Christmas touch, you’ll never know exactly what to expect each year! For instance, our Candy Land display outside the front entrance!

Dressed for the occasion

Our staff wears seasonal accessories fitting with the Christmas season. During the weekends in December, and the week of Christmas, all the staff wears “Holiday Head Gear” of Santa hats, reindeer antlers, bows, and more. We have fun with it!

Special Christmas activities for the family

There are special family activities planned in our Lounge area from 6-8 p.m.

What does the Bavarian Inn look like right now?

We’re not like most places that replace Halloween decorations with Christmas décor the following day. But don’t worry! The anticipated Christmas decorations are up in December!

Can’t wait for Christmas? Sing our Christmas song and it will be here before you know it!

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Print and sing our original lyrics to the tune of “12 Days of Christmas.”

We’re doing 24 days – just like an advent calendar!

Written November 2018.

 

Chords: G, Em, Am, D, G, G/B, C, G/D, D, G

 

“24 Days of Christmas at Bavarian Inn”

G                  Em

On the first day of Christmas

Am         D         G

my true love sent to me:

G/B        C     G/D      D             G

A shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the second day of Christmas

My true love sent to me:

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the third day of Christmas

My true love sent to me:

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the fourth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the fifth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the sixth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the seventh day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the eighth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Eight pretzels preheating

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the ninth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Nine cookies cooling

Eight pretzels preheating

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the tenth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Ten waiters waltzing

Nine cookies cooling

Eight pretzels preheating

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the eleventh day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Eleven sisters singing

Ten waiters waltzing

Nine cookies cooling

Eight pretzels preheating

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the twelfth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Twelve children chanting

Eleven sisters singing

Ten waiters waltzing

Nine cookies cooling

Eight pretzels preheating

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the thirteenth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Thirteen accordions accompanying

Twelve children chanting

Eleven sisters singing

Ten waiters waltzing

Nine cookies cooling

Eight pretzels preheating

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the fourteenth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Fourteen kids killing it at karaoke

Thirteen accordions accompanying

Twelve children chanting

Eleven sisters singing

Ten waiters waltzing

Nine cookies cooling

Eight pretzels preheating

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the fifteenth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Fifteen Pac-men playing

Fourteen kids killing it at karaoke

Thirteen accordions accompanying

Twelve children chanting

Eleven sisters singing

Ten waiters waltzing

Nine cookies cooling

Eight pretzels preheating

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the sixteenth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Sixteen swimmers splashing

Fifteen Pac-men playing

Fourteen kids killing it at karaoke

Thirteen accordions accompanying

Twelve children chanting

Eleven sisters singing

Ten waiters waltzing

Nine cookies cooling

Eight pretzels preheating

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

 

On the seventeenth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Seventeen ladies laughing

Sixteen swimmers splashing

Fifteen Pac-men playing

Fourteen kids killing it at karaoke

Thirteen accordions accompanying

Twelve children chanting

Eleven sisters singing

Ten waiters waltzing

Nine cookies cooling

Eight pretzels preheating

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the eighteenth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Eighteen decorators deciding

Seventeen ladies laughing

Sixteen swimmers splashing

Fifteen Pac-men playing

Fourteen kids killing it at karaoke

Thirteen accordions accompanying

Twelve children chanting

Eleven sisters singing

Ten waiters waltzing

Nine cookies cooling

Eight pretzels preheating

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the nineteenth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Nineteen historians helping

Eighteen decorators deciding

Seventeen ladies laughing

Sixteen swimmers splashing

Fifteen Pac-men playing

Fourteen kids killing it at karaoke

Thirteen accordions accompanying

Twelve children chanting

Eleven sisters singing

Ten waiters waltzing

Nine cookies cooling

Eight pretzels preheating

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the twentieth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Twenty eaters eating many Michigan meals

Nineteen historians helping

Eighteen decorators deciding

Seventeen ladies laughing

Sixteen swimmers splashing

Fifteen Pac-men playing

Fourteen kids killing it at karaoke

Thirteen accordions accompanying

Twelve children chanting

Eleven sisters singing

Ten waiters waltzing

Nine cookies cooling

Eight pretzels preheating

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the twenty-first day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Twenty-one sleepers snoring

Twenty eaters eating many Michigan meals

Nineteen historians helping

Eighteen decorators deciding

Seventeen ladies laughing

Sixteen swimmers splashing

Fifteen Pac-men playing

Fourteen kids killing it at karaoke

Thirteen accordions accompanying

Twelve children chanting

Eleven sisters singing

Ten waiters waltzing

Nine cookies cooling

Eight pretzels preheating

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the twenty-second day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Twenty-two shoppers shopping

Twenty-one sleepers snoring

Twenty eaters eating many Michigan meals

Nineteen historians helping

Eighteen decorators deciding

Seventeen ladies laughing

Sixteen swimmers splashing

Fifteen Pac-men playing

Fourteen kids killing it at karaoke

Thirteen accordions accompanying

Twelve children chanting

Eleven sisters singing

Ten waiters waltzing

Nine cookies cooling

Eight pretzels preheating

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the twenty-third day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Twenty-three mini-golfers goading

Twenty-two shoppers shopping

Twenty-one sleepers snoring

Twenty eaters eating many Michigan meals

Nineteen historians helping

Eighteen decorators deciding

Seventeen ladies laughing

Sixteen swimmers splashing

Fifteen Pac-men playing

Fourteen kids killing it at karaoke

Thirteen accordions accompanying

Twelve children chanting

Eleven sisters singing

Ten waiters waltzing

Nine cookies cooling

Eight pretzels preheating

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

On the twenty-fourth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:

Twenty-four snowflakes sky-sailing

Twenty-three mini-golfers goading

Twenty-two shoppers shopping

Twenty-one sleepers snoring

Twenty eaters eating many Michigan meals

Nineteen historians helping

Eighteen decorators deciding

Seventeen ladies laughing

Sixteen swimmers splashing

Fifteen Pac-men playing

Fourteen kids killing it at karaoke

Thirteen accordions accompanying

Twelve children chanting

Eleven sisters singing

Ten waiters waltzing

Nine cookies cooling

Eight pretzels preheating

Seven strudels sweet treats

Six bakers braising

Five world-famous chicken dinners

Four diners dining

Three Bavarian beers beaconing

Two Bavarians bantering

And a shinning star atop the evergreen tree!

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Contact us

Want to take a trip with your family to celebrate Christmas with thoughtful decorations brightening up the atmosphere? Looking to enjoy yourself with strudel and accordions accompanying sisters singing? Book your room today!

And Merry Christmas from all of us here at Bavarian Inn!

 

Resources

https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/misc_christmas/twelve_days_of_christmas_chords_1202668

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advent_calendar