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Old 12-23-2020, 10:02 AM
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Are you sure....

I haven't seen a word of criticism about QM travelling from Copenhagen (Zealand) to Aarhus (Jutland) for Christmas, even if the authorities and several experts have strongly recommended against it and to limit travel during Christmas.

And, Joachim and family are travelling from France again, for the second time in a short period. Wouldn't it have been better for them to stay at Shackenborg among themselves?
Yes, perhaps not as much among the politicians, but the public, yes.

And as for Joachim and our Marie. Yes, we should all spend Christmas aloe this year, but are we willing to do that?
We are going to be nine here tomorrow. Three of them are 70+ - they prefer to take the risk rather than being alone on Christmas Eve.
Christmas matters. Presumably also to QMII.
But the Second Christmas Day with my family will be postponed instead. And we will spend New Years Eve at home alone this year.
Give and take...
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Old 12-23-2020, 11:29 AM
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Tak Archduchess Zelia and Muhler for the recipes and the craft videos. I've always wondered how the hearts were made and it seems like it would be a fantastic holiday craft project to have ready. You need something for the kids to do while the cookies are baking and cooling.
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Old 12-23-2020, 11:44 AM
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Christmas greetings from Prince Joachim, Princess Marie and their children
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Old 12-23-2020, 01:43 PM
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Nice family togetherness. Their children are growing up so fast. The happiest of the Season for the family
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Old 12-23-2020, 05:46 PM
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The various councils representing parishes and priests within the State Church all recommend cancelling Christmas services.
And now the Church Minister(*) also recommend cancelling.

It is however still up to the individual priest.
The recommendations now says:
The service should last no more than 30 minutes.
The congregation should only hum the hymns, with closed mouth and wearing masks.
All except family groups are to sit with a distance of two meters.

As mentioned previously QMII intends to attend Christmas service at Aarhus Cathedral tomorrow.
The cathedral can normally seat some 1.300 people, but tomorrow that number will be limited to around 360.

(*) DK is officially a Christian country, with a State Church, as such we have a Church Minister.
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Old 12-23-2020, 07:12 PM
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A lovely video of the family and it was nice to see a clip of the children as we don't see many videos of them.
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Old 12-23-2020, 07:20 PM
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The Christmas service QMII was to attend tomorrow has been cancelled.

In fact there will be no services in Aarhus Cathedral until 3rd. January.

- The question is of course whether QMII will attend services in other churches in or around Aarhus, but I doubt it.
Of more immediate interest to us is of course that we are most unlikely to see any members of the DRF at all this Christmas. As I believe M&F will not overrule the recommendations by a government minister.
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Old 12-24-2020, 01:38 AM
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I see.

Well, as Archduches Zelia points out pebernødder = pepper nuts are easy to make and most children will happily wolf them down....


Thank you Think will stick with crafts over trying to bake

Luckilly I have some craft supplies (I make cards and scrapbook) so practicing my heart and stars so I can work with the kids. I have no doubt we will have a tree full of them by the end of the day. The kids and their families will enjoy.

Hopefully as long as the queen shows every precaution was taken with her going to church, there won't be much criticism.
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Old 12-24-2020, 03:30 AM
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And the last today 24 December:

""Out well, but at home best," exclaims Santa, as the three elves land on Amalienborg's roof. Now it can finally be Christmas and the Royal House's Santa family can finally celebrate the holiday together for the first time in 100 years. They have many experiences to share, but first they have to dance around the Christmas tree ��⁣ ⁣"

https://www.instagram.com/p/CJLBHshgF8q/

I really enjoyed this Christmas trip. A BIG thank you to Muhler for all this interesting informations, pictures who shared with us!!
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Old 12-24-2020, 05:24 AM
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Thanks, Eya.

I see the nisse-brother and nisse-sister intends to return to the Faeroe Islands and Greenland after having visited their families and spend Christmas in Denmark this year.
Nisser are no different from humans in that respect. One day they grow up and leave home and perhaps have their own families.
Who knows? In perhaps as little as 200 years we will be presented to a nisse-baby or two?

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QMII was supposed to have attended Christmas service today, in the afternoon mind you, before the Christmas celebrations. And per tradition also tomorrow.
But that is not to be this year.
And that leads me to perhaps the most enduring superstition for almost exactly 500 years.

Previously there was no tradition for going to church on Christmas Eve. People stayed inside after dark...
Instead the dead went to church on Christmas Night. Attending a service.
One pre-dawn Christmas-morning a farmer in his bed thought he heard voices from the local church and woke up his wife, they should attend the service. The wife, being a devout Christian jumped out of bed, got dressed in a hurry and rushed over to the church. It was still dark, mind you...
Inside the church she recognized the man she was sitting next to - he had died a few years before. Looking around in the dim light there were no living souls in the church, the congregation were all people who were dead!
A voice told her: "Unbutton your cape", which she had put on in her haste, "and get out!" She fled while the cape was torn from her shoulders.
When the sun came up the locals found her cape, it had been shredded by the dead trying to take her with them...

- There were many such stories and they were firmly believed, so no one went near the church, should they be brave enough to even venture outside on Christmas Night.
https://i.imgur.com/KdLA6c8.jpg
https://romanrobroek.nl/wp-content/u...neghosts_3.jpg

But on Christmas Morning, everybody went to church. That was the Christmas service for the living.

One theory for this superstition is that midnight masses were banned after the Reformation as a Catholic custom. But many priests and churchgoers remained Catholics at heart and had secret midnight masses.
The Protestant priests certainly did little to dispelling the belief that the midnight mass had now become a service for the dead.

And with that I wish you all a merry and not least healthy Christmas.
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Old 12-24-2020, 06:07 AM
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The Christmas service QMII was to attend tomorrow has been cancelled.

In fact there will be no services in Aarhus Cathedral until 3rd. January.

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Expected but what a pity all the same and has always been a Christmas Eve highlight.
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Old 12-24-2020, 11:42 AM
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Thanks, Eya.

I see the nisse-brother and nisse-sister intends to return to the Faeroe Islands and Greenland after having visited their families and spend Christmas in Denmark this year.
Nisser are no different from humans in that respect. One day they grow up and leave home and perhaps have their own families.
Who knows? In perhaps as little as 200 years we will be presented to a nisse-baby or two?

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QMII was supposed to have attended Christmas service today, in the afternoon mind you, before the Christmas celebrations. And per tradition also tomorrow.
But that is not to be this year.
And that leads me to perhaps the most enduring superstition for almost exactly 500 years.

Previously there was no tradition for going to church on Christmas Eve. People stayed inside after dark...
Instead the dead went to church on Christmas Night. Attending a service.
One pre-dawn Christmas-morning a farmer in his bed thought he heard voices from the local church and woke up his wife, they should attend the service. The wife, being a devout Christian jumped out of bed, got dressed in a hurry and rushed over to the church. It was still dark, mind you...
Inside the church she recognized the man she was sitting next to - he had died a few years before. Looking around in the dim light there were no living souls in the church, the congregation were all people who were dead!
A voice told her: "Unbutton your cape", which she had put on in her haste, "and get out!" She fled while the cape was torn from her shoulders.
When the sun came up the locals found her cape, it had been shredded by the dead trying to take her with them...

- There were many such stories and they were firmly believed, so no one went near the church, should they be brave enough to even venture outside on Christmas Night.
https://i.imgur.com/KdLA6c8.jpg
https://romanrobroek.nl/wp-content/u...neghosts_3.jpg

But on Christmas Morning, everybody went to church. That was the Christmas service for the living.

One theory for this superstition is that midnight masses were banned after the Reformation as a Catholic custom. But many priests and churchgoers remained Catholics at heart and had secret midnight masses.
The Protestant priests certainly did little to dispelling the belief that the midnight mass had now become a service for the dead.

And with that I wish you all a merry and not least healthy Christmas.
And also for you Glade Jul (spelling?) and a healthy new Year, dear Muhler and other RF members.
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Old 12-25-2020, 12:18 AM
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Thanks, Eya.

I see the nisse-brother and nisse-sister intends to return to the Faeroe Islands and Greenland after having visited their families and spend Christmas in Denmark this year.
Nisser are no different from humans in that respect. One day they grow up and leave home and perhaps have their own families.
Who knows? In perhaps as little as 200 years we will be presented to a nisse-baby or two?

-----------------

QMII was supposed to have attended Christmas service today, in the afternoon mind you, before the Christmas celebrations. And per tradition also tomorrow.
But that is not to be this year.
And that leads me to perhaps the most enduring superstition for almost exactly 500 years.

Previously there was no tradition for going to church on Christmas Eve. People stayed inside after dark...
Instead the dead went to church on Christmas Night. Attending a service.
One pre-dawn Christmas-morning a farmer in his bed thought he heard voices from the local church and woke up his wife, they should attend the service. The wife, being a devout Christian jumped out of bed, got dressed in a hurry and rushed over to the church. It was still dark, mind you...
Inside the church she recognized the man she was sitting next to - he had died a few years before. Looking around in the dim light there were no living souls in the church, the congregation were all people who were dead!
A voice told her: "Unbutton your cape", which she had put on in her haste, "and get out!" She fled while the cape was torn from her shoulders.
When the sun came up the locals found her cape, it had been shredded by the dead trying to take her with them...

- There were many such stories and they were firmly believed, so no one went near the church, should they be brave enough to even venture outside on Christmas Night.
https://i.imgur.com/KdLA6c8.jpg
https://romanrobroek.nl/wp-content/u...neghosts_3.jpg

But on Christmas Morning, everybody went to church. That was the Christmas service for the living.

One theory for this superstition is that midnight masses were banned after the Reformation as a Catholic custom. But many priests and churchgoers remained Catholics at heart and had secret midnight masses.
The Protestant priests certainly did little to dispelling the belief that the midnight mass had now become a service for the dead.

And with that I wish you all a merry and not least healthy Christmas.
Merry Christmas to you!!! Thank you for sharing all of your amazing history and traditions this season with us.


Your Christmas hearts were a success today. Stars are on the menu tomorrow (well today for those who its already the 25th).
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Old 12-25-2020, 05:49 AM
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Merry Christmas to you!!! Thank you for sharing all of your amazing history and traditions this season with us.


Your Christmas hearts were a success today. Stars are on the menu tomorrow (well today for those who its already the 25th).


In that case, you need to teach the kids how to make a kræmmerhus (A cornet, I think it's called.)
They are extremely easy to make.
And they predate the Christmas Hearts, because on the first Christmas trees in DK, the cornets contained sweets and cookies.

Here is first how to make on:


The finished result:
https://finurligheder.dk/wp-content/...raemmerhus.jpg
https://i2.wp.com/danishthings.com/w...0%2C1200&ssl=1
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pr...9_s46xBViBro7c
https://papermatrix.files.wordpress....1/cone-017.jpg

A couple of templates:
https://drupaller-prod.imgix.net/fem...=imgixjs-3.4.0
https://drupaller-prod.imgix.net/fem...=imgixjs-3.4.0

You can make them from any kind of paper or magazine, drawing, gift-wrapping paper etc.

You can braid them too:
https://www.cchobby.dk/media/catalog...1/v14510_1.jpg
https://www.cchobby.dk/media//catalo...n/v14510-3.jpg
https://www.cchobby.dk/media//catalo...n/v14510-5.jpg
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:19 PM
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Thanks, Eya.

I see the nisse-brother and nisse-sister intends to return to the Faeroe Islands and Greenland after having visited their families and spend Christmas in Denmark this year.
Nisser are no different from humans in that respect. One day they grow up and leave home and perhaps have their own families.
Who knows? In perhaps as little as 200 years we will be presented to a nisse-baby or two?

-----------------

QMII was supposed to have attended Christmas service today, in the afternoon mind you, before the Christmas celebrations. And per tradition also tomorrow.
But that is not to be this year.
And that leads me to perhaps the most enduring superstition for almost exactly 500 years.

Previously there was no tradition for going to church on Christmas Eve. People stayed inside after dark...
Instead the dead went to church on Christmas Night. Attending a service.
One pre-dawn Christmas-morning a farmer in his bed thought he heard voices from the local church and woke up his wife, they should attend the service. The wife, being a devout Christian jumped out of bed, got dressed in a hurry and rushed over to the church. It was still dark, mind you...
Inside the church she recognized the man she was sitting next to - he had died a few years before. Looking around in the dim light there were no living souls in the church, the congregation were all people who were dead!
A voice told her: "Unbutton your cape", which she had put on in her haste, "and get out!" She fled while the cape was torn from her shoulders.
When the sun came up the locals found her cape, it had been shredded by the dead trying to take her with them...

- There were many such stories and they were firmly believed, so no one went near the church, should they be brave enough to even venture outside on Christmas Night.
https://i.imgur.com/KdLA6c8.jpg
https://romanrobroek.nl/wp-content/u...neghosts_3.jpg

But on Christmas Morning, everybody went to church. That was the Christmas service for the living.

One theory for this superstition is that midnight masses were banned after the Reformation as a Catholic custom. But many priests and churchgoers remained Catholics at heart and had secret midnight masses.
The Protestant priests certainly did little to dispelling the belief that the midnight mass had now become a service for the dead.

And with that I wish you all a merry and not least healthy Christmas.
That is a terrifying story Muhler and I could see one that might have been readily believed by the congregation.
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Old 12-26-2020, 06:29 PM
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Terrifying Yes!! And absolutely enthralling. Makes one very curious about things. Maybe that's my ghoulish nature coming out. Christmas Eve church services are very popular where I live as it is often too hot in the mornings. The lighting adds an ethereal ambiance to the service as well.

Thanks for the story Muhler. I will say it again when you retire Muhler you should write a book with all your wonderful historical stories. I find your stories fascinating. Cheers.
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Old 12-27-2020, 06:41 AM
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A mood photo from Marselisborg in the Christmas days:
https://bt.bmcdn.dk/media/cache/reso...961-hoh3oh.jpg

In fact there was such an interest in seeing the changing of the guard that the police had to intervene and ask people to maintain a distance.
Marselisborg manor is located at the outskirts of Marselisborg Woods, a favorite place for people to go during weekends or holidays. And to walk away a few calories. As such there are always a lot around at the changing of the guards, especially as the guardsmen on duty are local, so parents and grandparents are out in force!
Notice that one guardsman in the photo above is smaller than his mates. Normally the guardsmen are divided into companies based on how tall they are. That looks more uniform when they are drilling. But when deployed to Marselisborg or Gråsten, they are selected from among those who live in that part of the country.
The smallest guardsmen are called Smurfs by the other companies.

https://bt.bmcdn.dk/media/cache/reso...2-3hqihiq3.jpg
This is from inside Aarhus Cathedral, prepared for a much smaller congregation sitting apart.
As you know QMII, being a devout Christian as well as head of the State Church, intended to attend services during Christmas. That announcement probably forced the government into deciding to close the churches.
Before then there had been a fierce debate about whether to keep the churches open or not. Most priests preferred to close them, while the bishops wanted to keep them open. The government, or rather the Church Minister, remained indecisive.
Then QMII's plans were published and a government decision was made (read: The PM intervened.)
So there has been no sight of the DRF at all this Christmas.

There is plenty of room in the park for QMII to walk, if she want's too, and she is not particularly fond of strolling! She walked a lot as child. Too much!
J&M and family have probably returned to Schackenborg.
M&F are probably at Amalienborg, if they haven't opted to go up to Fredensborg for the Christmas Days. I don't think they will go to Trend, even though the place is very isolated.

The PM has today urged people to cancel the New Year celebrations and remain at home, so I doubt QMII will meet with her close friends and dress up as she is used to at New Years Eve.

So I guess that the next time we will see a member of the DRF will be when QMII gives her New Year speech at 18.00 New Years Eve - the traditional start of the party.
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I fell in love with the Danish story of the little Nisse family last year. I am only now just starting to catch up with this years stories. Mang tak and Thank you to all who contributed this December as I was away.
So pleased these stories brightened your working day Countess.
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas. I have lots of reading to do now.
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