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Old 01-05-2011, 03:13 PM
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Childrens services are services which are shorter than usual and which are built around the needs of the child, so only reading the story of Jesus birth, but no predigt
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:30 PM
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I agree with you, Sternchen, but that wasn´t the case on Christmas Eve in Garnisons Kirke
Even on Christmas Eve the priest has made a predigt (preach, which takes about 8 - 12 minutes, so the services on Christmas Eve are shorter than normal, but it´s not a special service planned for children
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Old 12-08-2011, 08:50 AM
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Summary of article in Billed Bladet #49, 2011.
Hele familien samles på Marselisborg - The whole family is gathering at Marselisborg.
Written by Annelise Weimann.

M&F and their children are expected at Marselisborg in Aarhus on the 23th December. Joachim and the fair Marie will also come. Nikolai and Felix will spend Christmas with their mother this year, so they will be abscent..

QMII and PH will go to Marselisborg about a week prior to the 24th in order to prepare things.
QMII explains: "I look forward every time we are going to Aarhus. When we celebrate Christmas with the family, we do have a big Christmas tree, which however is not standing in the middle of the floor, because in my family we've had a tradition about dancing around the Christmas tree. But we always sing Christmas songs. (A popular song, mainly for children) and a psalm".

The tree is a big red spruce, which is placed in the large sitting room. It's usually QMII herself who decorates the tree during the 24th. (1)
The Christmas decorations are homemade and if something is worn. (2), she'll just make something new.

Then there is the dining table in the big diningroom: "I always decorate the Christmas table myself and I make most of the Christmas decorations myself, I've done that since childhood. I try to set the table differently from year to year, I'm not good at repititions- But I often choose the blue theme and set with the blue flueted set, which was here when we came". (3)

The Christmas menu is the same every year.
Riceporridge with white beer. - There is an almond in the porridge. (4)
Then goose.
And for dessert plum pudding.
PH has managed to replace the traditional English Christmas cake with a French Buche de Noel. (Which perhaps our French members can tell us about?)

The DRF go to service in Aarhus Cathedral in the afternoon on Christmas Eve. (5) QMII: "It's really one of the loveliest churches in the country. It's very special and I'm very fond of it". (6)

The 25th and 26th are for relaxation. QMII will no doubt attend service several times. (7)
On the 27th the menfolks will go hunting at nearby Frijsenborg Manor.


(1) In our home it's brought in a couple of days before Christmas and decorated by mainly Mrs. Muhler and the children, while I put the star on top and rig the lights. - They claim I just put things randomly on the tree, so I usually end up directing the operations from an armchair...

(2) Perhaps chewed to pieces by children and/or dachshunds?

(3) When they took over in the late 60's. The blue flueted set is considered archetypical Danish. Two generations ago everyone had such a set for everyday use. Nowadays it's pricey!
- And no, we don't have it ourselves. We just have an archetypical rural Madame Blue cofeepot - which is also a very common set that has become very fahionable.

(4) Here it's soup.
Followed by the main course, which is roast pork and medister (a kind of sausages), with a fat sauce, red cabbage, glaced potatos, chips and what not.
For dessert it's ris a la mande, also with an almond. - The one who gets the almond win a prize. The trick is of course to tease the children (and elderly, they are just as bad!) by pretending you have the almond hidden in your mouth.

(5) Here most of the family attend one of the services in the village church, while I stay at home and keep an eye on the food and share a wee schnapps or two with another relative...

(6) Aarhus Cathedral was build right after the Reformation in the 1530's. It's very large and very austere to look at from the outside, conforming to the Protestantism that was emerging at that time..

(7) Here the 25th is also relaxation time. More out of necessity. We've simply eaten too much - again! Also time to clear up after the guests, and the children can get aquinted with their presents.
On the 26th it's Christmas lunch! The big cold table with smorgasboard ad libitum and plenty of schnapps! (Yes, it's among the favorite hunting seasons for the police and their alcometers) This time with my family.
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:31 AM
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A Buche de Noel or Yule Log, is a rolled cake with a filling. Most Yule logs are chocolate since they are eventually decorated to look like logs. The fillings can range from ganache to buttercream to a fruit filling. They are abosolutely wonderful and I don't blame the Prince for bringing this delicious tradition into the palace. Nothing better with a hot cup of coffee late in the evening or maybe even for breakfast???
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:48 AM
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regarding ris a la mande, and the almond , I grop up having that as the first starter at the bigining of everything, and it was a lot of fun! most of us we didn't eat the ris we just look for the almond!!!!!! but may be now a days is in the dessert time?
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Old 12-09-2011, 04:30 AM
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Originally Posted by ashelen View Post
regarding ris a la mande, and the almond , I grop up having that as the first starter at the bigining of everything, and it was a lot of fun! most of us we didn't eat the ris we just look for the almond!!!!!! but may be now a days is in the dessert time?
That's typical of children.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:03 AM
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Another nice surprise today is the release of this year's Christmas card - a photo in black and white
of all four kids. It's on the cover of this week's Billed-Bladet.

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Old 12-20-2011, 11:01 AM
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Awww the kids are so sweet in this black and white picture! I think Isabella is get getting prettier and prettier by the year, she is so photogenic. Christian looks like a 'lil man, and well the twins? Too cute for words!
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:00 PM
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What a lovely Christmas card! The children are gorgeous.
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:50 PM
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Thank you for those pics Iceflower. The Christmas card is devine. Beautiful children!
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:54 PM
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That's a cute picture =)

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Old 12-20-2011, 03:40 PM
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What a lovely photo those babies cheeks are edible!
I love that Christian and Isabella just look and behave like regular kids. The M&F must be really proud of their family. They appear to be doing a fine job as parents
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:43 AM
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Not a fan of the card, black & white is quite depressing and Josephine's face is cut off. Great to have all four kids on the card but there is nothing happy or cheerful about it.
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:39 PM
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Agree, b&w pictures are elegant but in this case should be cheerful with 4 kids on the card. Instead we have 'sad' card. I hope that cutting the head was BB's idea, not original version.
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:09 PM
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Oh, it's isn't BB editing.

It's deliberate editing by the photographer IMO. A case of "fashionable spontaneous snapshot editing". I.e. an arranged photo made to look like it was as snapshot.
I think there is a good deal of photo-experimenting going on home at M&F.
In my opinion it ruined what could have been a really great photo.

According to Billed Bladet #51, 2011.
Fire søde søskende - Four sweet siblings.
Written by Anna Johannesen.

The photographer is credited as "private", but the reporter believe it's Mary and that this pic was taken at Gråsten this summer.

The Regent Couple's Christmas card is a photo of both of them with icebergs in the background, from their visit to Greenland. They used a pic by the BB photographer Hanne Juul.

The Berleburg Christmas card is the official Berleburg branch family photo from the wedding between Nathalie and her Alexander. - Even down to the date of the wedding...

The Greek royals, or rather King Konstantin and Queen Anne-Marie are dipicted at the spit of a sailing ship, with all their grandchildren, all uniformely dressed in red and white.

- Personal review from me.
M&F: A bit too experimental. A pity.
The Regent Couple: Very good! But then it's a professional photographer.
Berleburg: Ah, come on! At least try make an effort. There really is no need to reuse the thank-you cards from the wedding.
The Greeks: Very good. (A bit of the von Trapp Family Singers touring Greece about it What is Edelweiss in Greek by the way? - Sorry, couldn't resist).
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:19 PM
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Very nice picture! I'm seeing less of Mary in Christian. He's starting to look more like his Dad. They all look adorable!
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:56 PM
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Muhler, thank you for those Christmas card photos.

Yes, the card featuring Mary and Frederik's children is too experimental.
I'd like to see the photo not as cropped. It's still very cute.
I love all the other cards.

Do you think that there is anything worrying in the fact that the Berleburgs have chosen to use the same photo, without Jefferson?
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Old 12-22-2011, 05:13 PM
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Adorable picture!
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Duke of Marmalade View Post
Not a fan of the card, black & white is quite depressing and Josephine's face is cut off. Great to have all four kids on the card but there is nothing happy or cheerful about it.
A very sad card with Josephine's face cut off................
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:27 PM
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Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Christian, Princess Isabella, Prince Joachim and Prince Henrik attended church service in Aarhus

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