Friends of Peterson invite you to join us for a day packed with holiday activities for all ages when we wish to share our version of “Koselig” – a Scandinavian word that means a holiday atmosphere rooted in hospitality and finding pleasure in the simplest of things.
Delight in a casual day filled with shopping, music, delicious food, Santa visits, or warm your hands while singing carols at the bandstand. Stroll about the small town or hop on a hayride. Visit our seven locations filled with 40 handpicked crafters, artisans, bakers, and vendors where you’ll find gifts for nearly everyone on your list and items to decorate your home. Ask at any location for a copy of our schedule and map, so you don’t miss any of the special events.
Catch Christmas fever while taking in the Sister Luv quartet, who will carol from site to site in the morning; the Christmas sounds of traditional Norwegian musical instruments with Janette Dragvold playing throughout the day; and our legendary centenarian, Bertam Boyum, singing carols in both Norwegian and English, intertwined with good ol’ jokes at Burdey’s Cafe from 2-3 p.m.
There’s more: Burdey’s Cafe kicks off the day at 7 a.m. serving a delicious breakfast, enjoy a cup of coffee and Scandinavian treats at Grace Church, or relax with a warm holiday beverage at the Peterson American Legion. City hall will be busy all day with activities for families. Bring youth ages eight and above for our Christmas Creations Workshop, join younger family members for the Little Elves Workshop, then stop back at 2 p.m. to frost (and eat) a cookie.
Santa will arrive about noon at the Peterson Station Museum in his sleigh newly restored by friendly Amish elves, will greet children at city hall, Burdeys, and will warm up for pictures in the parlor of the Andor Wenneson Inn at 2 p.m. Please stop in the parlor for formal pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus in front of the fireplace. Our photographer will help you take the perfect photo for your Christmas cards. If you spot Santa in town make sure to tweet his location: #ChristmasInPeterson.
Snow or shine, embrace the spirit of love and goodwill by bringing a donation of children’s hats, mittens and scarves to hang on the mitten tree in the historic bandstand next to city hall, or donate to the food shelf at the Peterson American Legion, or follow the directions and bring a fleece blanket(s) being collected for Camp Noah at Grace Lutheran Church. Camp Noah served Rushford’s children after the 2007 flood and the organization continues to hold camps around the country for hundreds of children who experience disasters each year. We love to help Camp Noah provide a sense of comfort to each child knowing that each camp attendee is given their own personal fleece blanket. (Please follow the directions).
Finally, end the day at Grace Church with a free Christmas concert from 4:15-5:15. Carolyn Freese and Janette Dragvold have always wanted to entertain together and we are so excited to be the first to hear them combine the Scandinavian instruments with Carolyn’s lovely voice. The Peterson American Legion is sponsoring this concert but a freewill offering will help us begin collecting for the new annex to the 1877 Peterson Station Museum.
When asked about the weather forecast, Friends of Peterson member, Lori Hungerholt, quoted a Norwegian saying: “There is no such thing as bad weather – only bad clothes,” so come along and Hygge with us!