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Old 10-31-2011, 05:04 PM
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I remember the Ole Henriksen article about his products being used by the Princess and his Celebrity clients. It was very early in the days when Mary became a Princess in 2004 or 2005. The magazines here picked up the story. I thought at the time he was taking a risk by talking about his royal client.
Our mail service has for many years put a deadline on overseas christmas mail - to UK, USA etc. If you want mail to arrive in time for Christmas delivery. The more
remote areas in this country only recieve mail into their towns twice a week. Some get it three times a week. I remember a postcard from Hawaii took 7 days to come to a major city and then 2 weeks to get to me in a remote area of the country.
Today most people send their greetings by email, twitter, facebook etc.
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Old 10-31-2011, 05:19 PM
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Thanks, Iceflower

The motif this year is obviously "kravlenisser", which is difficult to translate.
"Nisser" nowadays are cheerful, slightly mischeivious figures like those on the marks.
In the old days every house had a "nisse", usually in the shape of a little, older man. And it was important to placate the "nisse", because he had the power to protect the house and household, but also to cause mischief and even bad luck.
So according to old tradition, you put a bowl of rice-porridge up in the attic on Christmas Eve in order to please the "nisse". (Rats and mice ate from the porridge, but that was explained away as the "nisse" having eaten from the bowl).

For several generations now "kravlenisser" have been a part of the Christmas decoration inside the homes. They are in the shape of cardbord figures, like those on the marks here and they are taped up everywhere.
Unsurprisingly "kravlenisser" are among the favorites for children, when it's time to decorate for Christmas.

Traditional "Kravlenisser": http://www.tegneseriemuseet.dk/image...i/galler19.jpg
More modern versions: http://www.mandensjulepynt.dk/png/Hj...e%20Nisser.png
A not atypical Danish Christmas decorated living room. Notice the "kravlenisser" hanging from the painting in the centre of the picture: http://i2-images3.tv2net.dk/i/09/221...24639a3f0.jpeg
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:11 PM
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Is this your living room Muhler? Very nice.
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:21 PM
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Is this your living room Muhler? Very nice.
No, I found this on Google. There is quite a lot of Christmas decoration in our living room, but not that much.
And I'd dare say Mrs. Muhler decorate our home (she's good at that so I stay clear ) with more taste.
But as I said, it's not an uncommon living room. - Sometimes I fear getting lost in all that decoration when visiting such a home....
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:46 PM
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This years artist Frederik Bramming is the father of the modern cheerful "kravlenisser". Everybody knows his "kravlenisser". (The first link posted by Muhler is kravelnisser by Frederik Bramming)

My mother has several of the first ones, which came out in 1947 and when they are put up - then it´s christmas :) :) :)
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This years artist Frederik Bramming is the father of the modern cheerful "kravlenisser". Everybody knows his "kravlenisser". (The first link posted by Muhler is kravelnisser by Frederik Bramming)

My mother has several of the first ones, which came out in 1947 and when they are put up - then it´s christmas :) :) :)
Very sweet tradition. I guess our "elves" who work for Santa Claus and make all his toys could come close.
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Old 11-01-2011, 03:47 AM
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Just a fun fact from the pressmaterial: Frederik Bramming was colorblind, so it´s his 3 children who has colored the "kravlenisser" :)

Frederik Bramming died in 1991 at the age of 79 years.
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:47 AM
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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #45, 2011.
Tillykke hr. ambassador - Congratulations Mr. ambassador
Written by Anna Johannesen.

As you know by now Mary revealed this years Christmas Seals. The surplus of the sale of the seal goes to the Christmas Seals homes, where children stay for a period with other children, who face similar problems, which are usually obesity and/or bullying.

Among to donors is Ole Henriksen, who donated 75.000 DKK to the Foundation and he was made ambassador for the Foundation.
He said: "I did not stop to consider for one second, when I was asked, because I know on my own body how it feels to grow up and be different. So yes, I know about bullying and feeling lonely, which is what many children in the Christmas Seal homes face today". His beloved grandmother had also been at Christmas Seal Home, when she was a young girl. (*)

Mary was recieved at Copenhagen Townhall by eight year old flowergirl Sara, from the home in Hobro.
She was also welcomed by the mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen and a number of girls from the Foundation, some of whom told Mary about their experiences with being bullied.
Mary said: "They were very courageous and that says a lot about the big significance the Christmas Seal Homes have. So I hope a lot will show support by buying this years Christmas Seal".
However, the Christmas Seal Foundation had a deficit last year for four million DKK, resulting in them having to turn down 50 children. (**)
There re currently 538 children on the waiting list.

(*) Ole Henriksen is 60 years old, so the Foundation is pretty old.

(**) The problem is that letters have become fewer. People prefer e-mails or text messages, so except for Christmas cards there really aren't that many letters from private persons to private persons anymore. Not least because postage has become insanely expensive!
You see, Danish Post has in their endless wisdom come up with the idea that if they only increase postage, close down post offices and reduce the number of days when normal post is delivered, then people will send more letters.....
On top of that fewer and fewer kiosks actually sell stamps - and thus Christmas Seals, combined with the fact that more and more pay for postage with a text message. So the sale of stamps and as a consequence Christmas Seals too are going down rapidly.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:39 PM
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But the good thing is that you can buy the christmas seal as an "e-stamp" E-Julemærket og e-Julekort hjælper børn - støt Julemærkehjemmene
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:35 PM
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And Mary has put her mark (sorry, couldn't resist) on yet another charity.

The annual charity Christmas marks are out. Kronprinsessen sætter fokus på julemærker - Politiken.dk

Big picture: http://multimedia.pol.dk/archive/006...tt_691493a.jpg

As you can see the motif (or is it motive, whatever) this year is children.
Some of them wearing a "nissehue" = pixie-cap. Nisser have become synonymous with Christmas here in DK.
In the old days "nisser" were little people usually living in the attic and associated with specific houses. A kind of house-elves, who needed to be placated, otherwise they would cause mischief or worse! A nisse who was really pissed-off could be downright dangerous!
Hence the tradition of placing a bowl with rice porridge in the attic, and when the rice had been eaten a couple of days later (rats and cats), you could tell your wide-eyed children that the "nisse" was pleased.
A traditional nisse: http://dolls.dk/images/Juledukker/pepperkakenissen.JPG
And a little nisse: http://www.min-mave.dk/cms2kuser/upl...2273_63284.JPG

Aaaanyway, this is really about supporting the four Christmas Seal homes, where usually obese children stay for a period. Here they lose weight find new friends, who have been through the same things as themselves and hopefully they will gain more self confidence.
Currently there 700 children on the waiting list to go to such a home.
The portarits of 50 such children adorn the marks this year.

ADDED: You can have a closer look at the marks here: https://www.julemaerket.dk/
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And a video from Tv2

Mary sætter fokus på julemærker - TV 2 Nyhederne

I always look forward to seeing Mary reveals the new Christmas seal :)
Here are some great pictures from sn.dk

http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cach..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cach..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cach..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
http://www.sn.dk/modules/xphoto/cach..._0_0_0_0_2.jpg
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:03 PM
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Aww such a cute little nisse in the red santa suit. Looks like they give the Prss a new badge every year with the xmas stamp on it.
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Here's the complete sn.dk gallery! And on the official Christmas Seal Foundation site you can find some high quality pics:



** Pic 1 ** Pic 2 ** Pic 2 ** Pressemøde 29. oktober 2012 **
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:42 AM
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Billedbladet has a new article about Mary reveals the new Christmas seal
Billed-Bladet - Kronprinsesse Mary til julefest

And a gallery from DR
BILLEDSERIE: Mary præsenterer årets julemærke - dr.dk/Nyheder/Ligetil

(This is a really nice picture of Mary )
http://www.dr.dk/NR/rdonlyres/E4E7B9...9175426L_2.jpg
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A few pics from yesterday have also been added to the official website:


** kongehuset.dk: Lancering af årets julemærke **


And purepeople has a nice gallery as well:


** Princesse Mary : Radieuse pour révéler le Timbre de Noël 2012 **
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