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Christmas, Scandinavian style
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The Christmas goat (julbock) is a typical Swedish Christmas decoration. They are placed throughout the mansion. (MPR Photo/Nikki Tundel)

Minneapolis, Minn. — The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis is decorated for the holidays -- Scandinavian style. The historic 1908 Turnblad Mansion is decked with evergreens, candles and traditional Scandinavian holiday decorations. The house is a 33-room mansion. Five of the rooms are decorated to represent the countries of Scandanivia -- Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland.

MPR's Greta Cunningham took a tour of the mansion with the American Swedish Institute's Jan McElfish. She says volunteers at the ASI begin planning the holiday deocrations in June. They began the tour in the music room, which is decorated in the Finnish tradition.

To listen to the audio tour, click on the audio link in the right column.

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