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Peek in on Danish holiday at historic mansion in Tempe

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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 6:00 am

Experience a traditional Danish Christmas from the late 1800s at Tempe’s Niels Petersen House, the oldest Queen Anne-style brick residence in the Salt River Valley.

Built in 1892 by Niels Petersen, an immigrant from Denmark, the home will showcase decorations and traditions themed around the Danish story, “Peter’s Christmas,” by J. Krohn. The story of a 19th-century holiday in Denmark, it begins with holiday preparations in early December and follows Peter and his family through their celebration to Twelfth Night, the traditional end of the Danish Christmas season.

The Petersen House is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at 1414 W. Southern Ave. in Tempe. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

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