Joachim went on air, on a local radio in Aarhus, on Christmas Day (the 24th).
Each Christmas that station P4, send a seven hour long program, where people can call and send a Merry Christmas to loved ones.
But this year Joachim showed up at the studio:
Hosts (H): "This year we have a special guest here in While We Wait. A gentleman whom we this autumn got to know from a new angle as history-host on a number of programs on DR1"
A clip from the documentary Joachim hosted was played.
H: "We should perhaps mention. We had to agree to a form of addres. Normally you would say (formal) You to a Prince of Denmark. But he would like to be (informal) you with the Danes and you and me, Anders (the other radio host)"
They talked a little about the documentary, the team being described as a "dream team" by Joachim.
And he admitted he had indeed developed some appetite for doing more TV.
Then Joachim went on to describe the DRF Christmas, which starts at Aarhus Cathedral. (Later that day.) Something Joachim describes as a "sensory experience."
Back at Marselisborg it's time for the dinner.
Joachim (J): "When we dine we start out with rice-porridge. That is stuck. We will not do without that."
He also reveals that they don't dance around the Christmas Tree, but they sing psalms and Christmas songs.
Christmas is celebrated at a pace the youngest can keep up with. (Presumably meaning not too late.)
The segment with Joachim ends with him sending two well wishes:
"I'd like to send two. A broad-casted for all P4 listners today with a wish of a very Merry Christmas.
And then a special one for the two in the family who is not here tonight, my Nikolai and Felix. Merry Christmas."
There is a link to the segment, should you wish to listen to it, at the bottom of this article: https://www.bt.dk/royale/prins-joach...elix-i-radioen
Upon returning from Aarhus Cathedral, it's tradition that QMII stops at the gate and wish the guardsmen on duty a Merry Christmas. (I guess that it now also includes M&F.)
The guardsmen are predominantly picked from soldiers who come from Aarhus or the rest of Jutland. Their relatives showing up during the Christmas days to watch the changing of the guards with their son/daughter or take photos of their little boy/girl standing guard in a sentry box is a charming must.
Guard-duty on Christmas Eve and especially on New Years Eve is very sought after. So, alas, some will have to be turned down these two days.
QMII sets the table for Christmas in the same manner every year, see how in this BB gallery:
The angels are particularly neat. They couldn't be more QMII.
The present at the end is an "almond-present."
In the bowl of porridge someone will have hidden an almond. Each guest gets a plate of porridge and the one who finds the almond wins the present.
The trick is of course to pretend you haven't found it and hide the fact from everybody else. Or to pretend you do have the almond but is trying to hide it from everybody else. To the frustration of children and childish souls. - It's a specialty of mine!
The present can be a marcipan pig or sweets or something completely different like a hideous Christmas sweater - but it almost looked good on our daughter.