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Old 06-23-2015, 11:26 AM
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I can give you an overview, and if other Americans want to chime in, please do. Also, if the mods want to move this to another thread, I understand.

On July 4, 1776, the document known as the Declaration of Independence was signed by representatives of the original 13 colonies. It was a bold move declaring that those colonies are, by their own desire, free and independent from Great Britain. One of the signers was Benjamin Franklin, who said that ''this day should always be celebrated with fireworks and parades.'' The day is celebrated with many different festivities: town festivals, sports events, picnics, concerts, etc. Fireworks are traditional, and you see lots of red, white, and blue decorations on homes and businesses. It's also a popular day for new citizens to be sworn in.

Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November. It is a legal holiday - government offices are closed and there is no mail delivery. It's meant to be a commemoration of the celebration held in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621. The English settlers (known as Pilgrims, a very conservative religious sect that had fled England) had a hard time in the new country, and many of them died. They would have all died out had it not been for the help they received from the local Indians, who showed them how to grow food and helped them to survive. After the first successful harvest, the Indians and the Pilgrims had a great feast to celebrate. Tradition holds that one of the things served was turkey, a native American fowl. It's still traditional to have a turkey dinner on that day. Canada also has a national day of Thanksgiving on the first Monday in October, I think.

The true meaning of Thanksgiving, IMO, has been lost in the shuffle of the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. What used to be primarily a cozy family day, is now given over to football games and shopping. Many large cities, most notably New York City and Philadelphia, have parades on that day. The last unit in the parade is always Santa Claus on a sleigh.

Off topic and very personal: my husband died on Thanksgiving Day, so it's a difficult time for me and our sons. But I am grateful for the years we had, and for the family we raised.

Hope this hasn't been too long and boring.
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:33 AM
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Thank you, MidwestMom.

No, not at all boring. So the concept of fireworks on 4th July stems from the very beginning? I had no idea.

And my condolences to the loss of your husband.
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Old 06-23-2015, 11:46 AM
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I opened a 4th July thread here: http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...ml#post1795267
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:42 PM
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Frederik, Mary and Children Picture Thread: Part 2

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Thanks you very much, Parrothead, for your vivid account.

It is always interesting to learn about other traditions and celebrations, especially from ordinary people.

I have to ask: Look out for rattlesnakes? Is it because they like to soak sun on the pier or is it because they come out at dusk?

However, I wasn't being clear in my encouragement: I meant opening a separate thread about Thanksgiving and 4th July.
Otherwise I fear we would test the patience of the mods.

Muhler, you made me smile. Yes the snakes like to bake in the hot Texas sun during the day and the towards dusk they tend to hunt. Most of the time they are afraid of humans and I certainly don't go looking for them. But if you step in the wrong place you can be in a lot of trouble. Recently, My father in law was going to the shed to get the mower and discovered a rattler about four feet long. He said he turned around, went to the house and got his gun and shot it. He said he then changed into jeans and boots to mow the lawn despite the heat. They have deer, snakes, foxes, raccoons, opossums, coyotes, vultures, skunks and other creatures on their land, so I never let my daughter go in their yard or down to the lake unless an adult is with her. If you see a four-legged animal during the day (except for deer) it's usually a sign something is wrong (rabies or distemper) with the animal and my father-in-law will typically take care of it with the gun. I'm not a gun advocate by any means but out there you need one just to be safe.

Sorry to digress moderators, it's just a story I thought some might fine interesting.

But back to the Danish holiday, it sounds lovely and would be very interesting to see. Muhler, I hope you and your family had a good time.


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Old 06-23-2015, 01:28 PM
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Thank you Parrothead.

Well, we will surely enjoy the holiday. Fortunately it doesn't seem like we have to pull out the hose and water the garden this summer...

We don't have such dangerous wildlife, not even the adders are dangerous, unless you sit on one - twice! And taunts it's parents...
So no wonder you take your precautions.

But tracks from wolves have been identified a couple of kilometers from where we live. And there are now a couple of female wolves in DK as well, so they will probably start breeding soon.
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Old 06-28-2015, 09:25 AM
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Found this photo on Facebook... Not sure if it is CPss Mary...

https://www.facebook.com/18096070196...type=1&theater
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Looks like it.

Could it be the nanny Mette Hansen?
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Lovely, what a wonderful photo, I agree that it is Mette.
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She met her and gave her a ride?
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I've been a bit down in the dumps ever since our election on Thursday but I must say, that picture of her driving (who is presumed to be) Mette cheered me up a whole lot – Denmark's Crown Princess is not too fancy to drive her future plebs around in her Nihola bike

Thanks for posting it

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Thats the 'Tassie' in her heehee! l totally didnt think anything wrong or out of the ordinary. But I guess when you think a future queen giving a lift to the Nanny on her bike.....she really is going to make an interesting Queen when it happens. :)
Mary was on her way to pick up Vincent and Josephine from kindergarten when she sees Mette Hansen and give her a lift in her Nihola bike.

She's so nice!

Mary gav barnepigen lift – Ekstra Bladet
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Old 06-30-2015, 09:09 AM
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A few very high res pics of Mary - Frederik is there as well.
https://app.box.com/s/x9dls63292o4aw6l4le0gkefuy9caxrt

https://app.box.com/s/8cxfxsu7n9wz467dnt55p530m8i0gtn4

https://app.box.com/s/26fpj00bv0icavkj52fdbfhma270rjdq

https://app.box.com/s/misyvqnr46e2klyrn4uk6bhoe15gwm7s

Frederik, with the guards tent hat.
https://app.box.com/s/62i955q9iekmju7544d46p00e65875d9

A very young Frederik:
https://app.box.com/s/5lcuqh3go4xha61ebvds5ykai0h69de3

(credit: Forsvarsgalleriet)
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Old 06-30-2015, 12:08 PM
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all very nice pictures. thank you
Frederik in uniform is just a win. Mary looks very beautiful, love the first picture of her, when she went to Afghanistan I believe
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Old 07-01-2015, 05:00 AM
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Today it's (already !!) 8 years ago since Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe was christened in Fredensborg Church - and Billedbladet has created a gallery of pictures from the day.

Already just 2 months old Bella could send glorious smiles to the photographers

I also remember sweet little Christian with his big blue eyes following littlesister's christening.
It was a lovely and relaxed summer christening.

And now there are two more kangaroos in the F&M-pouch.

Gallery: Husker du? Otte år siden prinsesse Isabellas dåb | Billed Bladet
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Old 07-01-2015, 11:10 AM
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Perhaps this sweet video should be posted in the fashion section, but what the Hansen... Here we go.

It's a BB with Isabella and her fashion, which BB is writing about tomorrow, but for us here and now, it's just a delight video: BILLED-BLADET Play – Danmarks Royale TV | Prinsesse Isabellas søde stil
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Old 07-01-2015, 12:11 PM
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Today it's (already !!) 8 years ago since Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe was christened in Fredensborg Church - and Billedbladet has created a gallery of pictures from the day.

Already just 2 months old Bella could send glorious smiles to the photographers

I also remember sweet little Christian with his big blue eyes following littlesister's christening.
It was a lovely and relaxed summer christening.

And now there are two more kangaroos in the F&M-pouch.

Gallery: Husker du? Otte år siden prinsesse Isabellas dåb | Billed Bladet
beautiful!
http://www.billedbladet.dk/sites/bil...?itok=wUIzMgf_
Christian was a doll
http://www.billedbladet.dk/sites/bil...?itok=wXcovXx-
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:45 AM
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Another gallery from Isabella's christening as it was 8 years ago yesterday.

Notice how little Christian was - and his big blue eyes :)

https://www.facebook.com/23522781666...type=1&theater


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It's Roskilde Festival time

Have any of you ever been to Roskilde Festival? I have met people there all the way from Australia!

Last year Frederik and Mary surprised with visiting the festival privately - they arrived by tourist bus with a bunch of friends, wearing sneakers and hoodie and strolled around hand in hand at the large festival enjoying the atmosphere and the Rolling Stones concert in the evening.

It was highly praised by the Danes and the media and characterize well our very folksy Crown Prince copule.

And who doesn't remember the royalist Sven Houlberg who not only got a selfie with Frederik, but also sneaked to give his future King a proper "man hug".

BB has today posted a gallery with pictures from their day at the festival:
Se de herlige billeder: Da kronprinsparret var på Roskilde Festival | Billed Bladet

And this site has nice pictures as well:
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.p...35227816664642
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Old 07-03-2015, 04:17 PM
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Tomorrow, Frederik participates in a 3-kilometer long swimming race against the flow in the river. On that occasion BB has created a gallery with pictures of Frederik's many physical performance:

GALLERI: Sporty kronprins | Billed Bladet
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Old 07-07-2015, 12:40 PM
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The Crown Prince Family but in Lego form..
I had seen one previously but this is the first time i see the twins and Ziggy too
https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/hp...22446462_n.jpg

previous one
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q...Jutland112.jpg
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Old 07-07-2015, 04:24 PM
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Without a doubt we will see the whole Crown Prince family (in real persons) visiting Legoland this year while staying at Gråsten

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A very delightful picture of Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Daniel during the Swedish wedding last month:

https://scontent-ams2-1.xx.fbcdn.net...c4&oe=560E36C6
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Old 07-07-2015, 04:46 PM
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Er,is Daniel rubbing Fred's Cheek?
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Old 07-07-2015, 07:17 PM
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Er,is Daniel rubbing Fred's Cheek?
It kinda looks like it . Regardless, it's a sweet moment, in a way.


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Old 07-08-2015, 02:51 AM
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Maybe Fred had some lipstick on his cheek where a lady had kissed him.!! And Daniel was being a gentleman wiping it off for him.
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Old 07-08-2015, 02:54 AM
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Don't make Mary jealous Tarlita
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Old 07-08-2015, 04:11 AM
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Maybe Fred had some lipstick on his cheek where a lady had kissed him.!! And Daniel was being a gentleman wiping it off for him.
I don't think so; this cheek thing is something Daniel does. If you recall his wedding speech to Viktoria, he stroked her cheek many times during his performance. It looks like an awkward expression of affection, maybe he and Crown Prince Frederik are very good friends indeed
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