Holidays

The 12 Songs of Arizona Christmas: Eight Maids A-Milking

The inner works of Danzeisen Dairy.
The inner works of Danzeisen Dairy. Claudia Kunkel
Welcome to another edition of the "The 12 Songs of Arizona Christmas," in which local stakeholders detail their most cherished holiday songs. Consider this a musical Advent calendar, where your "treat" is a better understanding of the interesting people and organizations from across the city and state.



Eight Maids A-Milking

Kevin Danzeisen, Owner, Danzeisen Dairy




There are plenty of farms and ranches dotted all across the Valley, but few operate like Danzeisen Dairy. After Neil Viss started up his dairy back in the '60s, his grandson, Kevin Danzeisen, helped take over operations in 2002, working to build up and expand the business. Over the years, the dairy, which only uses glass bottles to enhance the flavor, has launched several tantalizing gimmicks, chief among them orange milk. But mostly the dairy is a testament to the power of local businesses and keeping things as simple as possible.

"The one that pops up right away is 'Joy to the World.' We've always been churchgoers and go to church every Christmas ever since I was little. [The song] just makes me realize how good we have it. We have so much to be thankful for. We live in an awesome state in an awesome city ... We live in truly extraordinary times. Sometimes it's nice to remember that. I know there's a lot going on in the world, and it's easy to watch the news and think it's all going down the tube. But there's a lot of hope, too."

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Chris Coplan has been a professional writer since the 2010s, having started his professional career at Consequence of Sound. Since then, he's also been published with TIME, Complex, and other outlets. He lives in Central Phoenix with his fiancee, a dumb but lovable dog, and two bossy cats.
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