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Old 11-08-2018, 05:58 AM
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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #45, 2018.
Written by Trine Larsen.

This will be the first Christmas without PH.
QMII has recently said how she looks forward to Christmas this year, at Marselisborg, where the whole family will be gathered. Also Nikolai and Felix, who spend Christmas with their father every alternate year.
Christmas is of course about traditions, and the DRF Christmas will be celebrated the way it has always been celebrated as long as QMII can remember.

It's very much a back to basic Christmas, while Christmas at ordinary Danes is now very different.
In the DRF, it's rice-porridge first, with one almond. - For ordinary Danes it's risalamande as dessert, with one almond. Some start out with soup. But that seems to be fading out, people simply can't eat that much!
The main course is goose. - For ordinary Danes it's Duck or roast pork and a kind of sausages.
The dessert is an English plum cake. - For ordinary Danes, it's the before mentioned risalamande. With the almond!
An almond is put into the bowl, all are then served and the one who happens to have the almond win a prize. The trick is of course to pretend you don't have the almond until everyone has eaten. Or to pretend that you pretend you don't have the almond. In all modesty that's my specialty. To the eternal annoyance of the children, especially a certain daughter of my acquaintance who don't like to loose.

When everyone has eaten, the DRF sit in front of the Christmas and sing a handful of psalms. originally the Christmas tree was purely for decoration. - Ordinary Danes waddle around the Christmas tree hand in hand singing... which some people perhaps shouldn't...

So I guess it's going to be very lively at Marselisborg this year!
With I don't know how many dogs and even more children and not least four uncles/dads/half brothers playing... I mean checking the toys.

There is one more tradition though. When the family returns from the Christmas service at Aarhus Cathedral QMII will always stop to wish the guardsmen on duty a merry Christmas. And I imagine those who happens to drive with her (that has sometimes been Mary) will join her in the well-wishes.
That is something the guardmen look very much forward to, which is why there are always plenty of volunteers for guard duty on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.
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Old 11-30-2018, 07:21 AM
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Like last year there will be an Advent/Christmas calendar on the official Instagram account again.

Queen Margerthe has created a little (well-fed ) elfin family "who, in December, will tell hidden and forgotten stories about kings, queens, princes and princesses, and about all the traces they leave behind"..



** kongehuset: VIDEO: Julekalender 2018 **


** kongehuset: Jul på Hendes Majestæt Dronningens loft ** translation **

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Old 11-30-2018, 12:33 PM
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Thanks, iceflower

The tradition about placing a bowl of porridge on the attic as an offering is ancient. Probably going back for as long as there has been permanent habitation in DK, that's about 6.000 years.
It was a way to placate what was originally probably some sort of spirit, which later on evolved into a kind of specific person in the shape of an house-elf and today into a "nisse", which has been what we in DK have called these entities for at least 600 years now.
I won't rule out that there are actually people who still put a bowl of porridge in their attic on Christmas Eve, but it's doubtful. No need to attract rats!
But in the countryside it's not uncommon to place a bowl in a barn or an outhouse. - The cats will eat it...

Anyway, when you returned the next day and saw that someone or something had eaten from the bowl, you knew your offering had been accepted and you had a benevolent house-elf/nisse in your home for the next twelve months.

You can read much more about ancient Christmas traditions in this thread, which will also serve as a guide when you wonder what on earth QMII is up to now!
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...rld-37790.html
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Old 11-30-2018, 12:37 PM
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That is just the cutest! Fantastic Queen. Looking forward to the pictures
Love her sweater
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Old 11-30-2018, 06:37 PM
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I need that sweater! My dachshund would be thrilled with random bowls of porridge around the house
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Old 11-30-2018, 07:07 PM
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I also must have that sweater for it is so cute and perfect for this doggie lover. My chihuahua, Payton would gobble that bowl up in a second, you would think he never gets fed here....
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Old 11-30-2018, 07:35 PM
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Great stories thanks Muhler. It is lovely to see Her Majesty getting into the spirit of Christmas.
I am off to a Christmas party tonight and look forward to getting into the feel of Christmas.
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Old 12-01-2018, 06:05 AM
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Until Christmas Eve we have the Christmas Stories from the Danish Palace.

"The first "Christmas calendar cover" has been opened at the Royal Instagram, where Her Majesty The Queen until Christmas Eve has released four nisser on Fredensborg Castle's many ceilings and storage rooms.

Today, the nissedrengen found the old rocking horse of your Royal Highness Crown Prince and Prince Joachim, dressed in the Gardehusarregiment's riding bag in the early 1970s, rocking back and forth in Amalienborg's children's rooms. Here it fits well on the two princes, as numerous snakes (mussel shells) on the rocking fortress tradition are believed to protect the horse and the rider against the dangerous threats on the battlefield."

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bq1kN1TAVf_/
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Old 12-01-2018, 06:14 AM
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Thanks, Eya.

So QMII has turned four of her staff loose in the many storerooms and attics at Fredensborg to look for gems and items related to the family and Christmas. Like Christmas present, as we must assume this rocking horse is.
And the detail about the shells adoring the head of the horse is correct. It is indeed both for decoration but also in order to deflect or at least lessen the impact of sabre blows to the head of the horse.
A common cavalry tactic was to deliver the first blow to the head of your opponents horse and the second blow to the rider, as the horse was going down.
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Old 12-01-2018, 04:25 PM
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Right now there is an exhibition at Christiansborg of how the Christmas table was laid within the DRF for the couple of centuries.

https://app.box.com/s/jr9kcn494g58pgxtqhomgd56d7ebcgd4
https://app.box.com/s/pday2svbmmb7mfu0pwd0fx323rxk6rgd
The first table was laid at some point by QMII at Marselisborg. Which is why there is a model of Marseliborg in the center. The original however is made from silver.
The three bowl contain rice porridge with cinnamon. And you can see a whole almond. The tradition is that you put an almond into the bowl with rice porridge. The porridge is then served for the individual guests. the guest who finds the almond win a present.
It's not always easy to find a present that covers adults, as well as children of very different age, so QMII has solved the problem by buying several almond-presents. So depending who wins, she selects a present that suits the age and gender of the lucky winner.

https://app.box.com/s/8o18bkxmk67assjds7jc5dx1l8rsp7gn
https://app.box.com/s/b0iyirkwi44v8j5n51rdv9wc4ty8dwl0
This table stems from back when QMII and her sisters were children and they celebrated Christmas at the hunting lodge in Trend. The table was laid by Queen Ingrid and she created the illusion of a frozen lake by using a mirror.
The red candle-holders were Swedish that Queen Ingrid brought with her as a memory of her childhood.

https://app.box.com/s/jajgyhq0krfw19s4xl3qdz353bkp5fjv
This Christmas setting is from 1896 at Amalienborg.
Christian IX often had the opportunity to gather his pretty extensive family for Christmas, so quite a lot could be present.
The sleigh was a present to two of the little princes that year.

https://app.box.com/s/brsvh6bxahyinlioi6paele0ba9b1vum
The top table is the from the 1700's. From the reign of Christian VII. The figures were made from sugar. And Christmas back then was party-time! With good food, masquerades and lots of mischief and general merriment. I imagine there was no shortage of wine either...

The bottom table is from 1841, from the court of Christian VIII.
The theme is an cornucopia. The china was the brand new Flora Danica and the mood must have been festive, because it is recorded that no less than 32 pieces of Flora Danica were smashed during that Christmas dinner! - It literally hurts just to think about it!

And finally I cannot resist this little endearing story from 1958.
https://app.box.com/s/tngosscd7g10qk3zs4es94nronwpqp8u
BB that year reported how King Frederik IX had been seen prowling through a department store in Copenhagen looking at scarves, shoes, toys and ties.
It is not known what the king decided to buy, because it was all send to the palace afterwards, but it is known that the king did not enjoy the ordeal. Like most men of his age, Frederik IX did not posses a well-developed shopping-gene!

Here is the rest of this weeks issue of Billed Bladet:
https://app.box.com/s/dl5ci2ljvdwqzlyoo5dsilbpboefhqvl

And here is the DRF calendar for 2019:
https://app.box.com/s/b4ppnax9229pt22llemwqwly6ypupdi6
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I never knew about the Rice Porridge in the attic tradition ,the video of the queen in the loft was magical.
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Old 12-02-2018, 04:14 AM
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Christmas Story and today 2 December

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bq4Ko1JAEjK/
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Old 12-02-2018, 05:19 AM
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Thanks, Eya.
A nice little story, so I'll summarize.

This globe was used by Christian IX and Queen Louise, to follow their two grandsons Crown Prince Nikolaj of Russian and Crown Prince Georg of Greece, when they went on their grand tour to Asia.
Such a tour was an old tradition for sons of rulers.
- It is QMII's four "nisser", who has found this for us, QMII is, as you know, in Iceland.

And now I need a little help from English speakers.
The word is a "dannelsesrejse" and it is still very much used and done today.
It's a travel where all young gentlemen after finishing at least their basic education, in their late teens, sometimes early twenties, went on a longer travel abroad. Here they saw the world, in order to became "men of the world" and "wholesome". They learned about other cultures and languages and customs. They learned to stand on their own two feet, while getting to know other gentlemen from other countries. They sharpened their language skills and gained experience in how to conduct themselves when they visited foreign manor houses and stayed there as guests. Ideally they also studied classical architecture and art in Italy and Greece.
Princes would of course visit foreign royal houses, before the French Revolution, an absolute must was to visit the French court.

Today it's very common for young people to take a year off after high school and go traveling, and that is basically the same things as a "dannelsesrejse", just for ordinary people.

So what is the proper English word for such a travel?

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Grand Tour it is then, thanks JR75.
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So what is the proper English word for such a travel?
The term used is "Grand tour".
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And here is another picture of the Marselisborg Christmas table, posted previously. Complete, with no doubt, handmade angels above the table.
https://www.billedbladet.dk/sites/bi...c/julebord.jpg
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So beautiful!! Thanks Muhler!!
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When I saw the thread in recent posts, I had to look. Thanks for posting all of the wonderful Christmas pictures and stories! They are getting me in the Christmas mood! I especially love the table set with a mirror to serve as an ice rink.
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I never knew about the Rice Porridge in the attic tradition ,the video of the queen in the loft was magical.
More information about Christmas Rice Pudding
http://www.bakepedia.com/christmas-r...g-with-almonds
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The term used is "Grand tour".
well, that is the 19th century term; today it would be called a gap year!
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Right now there is an exhibition at Christiansborg of how the Christmas table was laid within the DRF for the couple of centuries.

https://app.box.com/s/jr9kcn494g58pgxtqhomgd56d7ebcgd4
https://app.box.com/s/pday2svbmmb7mfu0pwd0fx323rxk6rgd
The first table was laid at some point by QMII at Marselisborg. Which is why there is a model of Marseliborg in the center. The original however is made from silver.
The three bowl contain rice porridge with cinnamon. And you can see a whole almond. The tradition is that you put an almond into the bowl with rice porridge. The porridge is then served for the individual guests. the guest who finds the almond win a present.
It's not always easy to find a present that covers adults, as well as children of very different age, so QMII has solved the problem by buying several almond-presents. So depending who wins, she selects a present that suits the age and gender of the lucky winner.

https://app.box.com/s/8o18bkxmk67assjds7jc5dx1l8rsp7gn
https://app.box.com/s/b0iyirkwi44v8j5n51rdv9wc4ty8dwl0
This table stems from back when QMII and her sisters were children and they celebrated Christmas at the hunting lodge in Trend. The table was laid by Queen Ingrid and she created the illusion of a frozen lake by using a mirror.
The red candle-holders were Swedish that Queen Ingrid brought with her as a memory of her childhood.

https://app.box.com/s/jajgyhq0krfw19s4xl3qdz353bkp5fjv
This Christmas setting is from 1896 at Amalienborg.
Christian IX often had the opportunity to gather his pretty extensive family for Christmas, so quite a lot could be present.
The sleigh was a present to two of the little princes that year.

https://app.box.com/s/brsvh6bxahyinlioi6paele0ba9b1vum
The top table is the from the 1700's. From the reign of Christian VII. The figures were made from sugar. And Christmas back then was party-time! With good food, masquerades and lots of mischief and general merriment. I imagine there was no shortage of wine either...

The bottom table is from 1841, from the court of Christian VIII.
The theme is an cornucopia. The china was the brand new Flora Danica and the mood must have been festive, because it is recorded that no less than 32 pieces of Flora Danica were smashed during that Christmas dinner! - It literally hurts just to think about it!

And finally I cannot resist this little endearing story from 1958.
https://app.box.com/s/tngosscd7g10qk3zs4es94nronwpqp8u
BB that year reported how King Frederik IX had been seen prowling through a department store in Copenhagen looking at scarves, shoes, toys and ties.
It is not known what the king decided to buy, because it was all send to the palace afterwards, but it is known that the king did not enjoy the ordeal. Like most men of his age, Frederik IX did not posses a well-developed shopping-gene!

Here is the rest of this weeks issue of Billed Bladet:
https://app.box.com/s/dl5ci2ljvdwqzlyoo5dsilbpboefhqvl

And here is the DRF calendar for 2019:
https://app.box.com/s/b4ppnax9229pt22llemwqwly6ypupdi6
Thanks so much, as always, Muhler. Such a delight and so inspirational to see these tables..I must get to work!
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