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6 hours ago, mls said:



According to kendte.dk, quoting an article in avisen.dk that I can't open (could be paywall), the CPC are celebrating Christmas with the Handwerk family.

There's 4 of them, which would make it the recommended max 10. They have celebrated one Christmas together years ago, 2012 perhaps.


This is one of the things that needs to be taken with a few grains of salt.


Yes, I wonder where a smaller media like avisen.dk should get that information from? But well, it is indeed a good guess, which is very likely. But yes everything else is also likely I guess. 

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5 hours ago, mls said:



Happy third Sunday in Advent 🕯

📸 H.R.H. The Crown Princess © ️



Again thanks to Mary for sharing those wonderful evocative photos she takes (from their home isolation) It's lovely to follow their Sundays in Advent. Their home looks very cozy and christmassy 🎄


Happy third Sunday in Advent!

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All over the Faroes, a group of people who call themselves “the seamen’s wives” are busy with their knitting needles all the way up to Christmas. Hats, sweaters and warm socks are made so that the island territory’s many seamen who cannot celebrate Christmas at home can still receive a gift. The many home made packages are collected in Tórshavn, and the elves have sneaked by the storehouse to find out if The Queen’s Christmas gifts might have ended up in the big mass of packages by accident. The elves jump head first down into the glittering packages but unfortunately do not find what they’re searching for. Suddenly, the Elf Brother spots a mast down at the harbour.


“Why haven’t I thought of the Christmas Ship?”, he exclaims and bounds away, while the Elf Girl tries to keep up. Down at the harbour, there’s an illuminated ship on which the Faroese Santa Claus sails in December to visit the many children living on the North Atlantic islands. The tradition of the Christmas Ship means lots of work for Santa Claus, so he’s taking a little well-deserved nap.  And, sure enough – there on Santa Claus’s beard are The Queen’s Christmas gifts. The naughty huldufólk have been playing tricks on both the elves and Santa Claus.


Now, the elves can finally travel farther north to Greenland. And there is probably not a more suitable place to depart from than the very same harbour Christian the 10th, Queen Alexandrine and their two children sailed from in 1921 when they departed the Faroe Islands.

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21 hours ago, mls said:



According to kendte.dk, quoting an article in avisen.dk, the CPC are celebrating Christmas with the Handwerk family.

There's 4 of them, which would make it the recommended max 10. They have celebrated one Christmas together years ago, 2012 perhaps.



Addition made to the article from the 12th:

Opdatering: Kronprinsfamiliens planer er igen lavet om, erfarer Avisen.dk. Hoffet bekræfter, at Kronprinsfamilien ikke skal fejre jul med familien Handwerk, men ønsker ikke at oplyse, hvad planerne er.


"Update: The Crown Prince family's plans have been changed again, Avisen.dk learns. The court confirms that the Crown Prince family will not be celebrating Christmas with the Handwerk family, but does not want to disclose what the plans are."



It's possible that there were no plans to celebrate Christmas with the Handwerks in the first place...and that Avisen is now using the "plans changed" to retract.

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Changed plans? More likely that kendte.dk just didn’t had their information correct. 😅


Maybe we get to know who (if any) the CP-family is celebrating Christmas with, maybe not. It's a private evening. Exciting if we see the family attending a Christmas service somewhere. I can’t remember if we did that the other times they have spend Christmas at home.

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Back home in Denmark, at the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen, the Elf Father has come across a copy of “Julemandens bog” by Louis Moe from 1898. The book tells that Santa Claus lives so far away at the North Pole that even polar explorers cannot see the smoke from his chimney.  Throughout the year, Santa Claus paints toys. When Christmastime comes, he travels to the “Land of the People” by dog sled. He then swaps the dog sled for a pulka led by a swift reindeer. In the forest, he and the Christmas Angel cut down the first Christmas tree to carry along on the pulka. Here, they’re joined by the Elf.


“Maybe Elf Sister has been hired by Santa Claus as his helper,” suggests the Elf Boy while reading. “Yes, maybe so,” says the Elf Mother. She goes on to explain that the idea of Santa living in Greenland emerged in Denmark after the publication of “Julemandens bog”. So, the elves at Amalienborg hope that the Elf Girl will try to find Santa Claus’s home in Greenland. Maybe that’s where the Elf Sister has lived for the past 100 years.

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It’s early morning in Greenland, and rays of sunlight have begun to glance off the fjord Nuup Kangerlua, which encircles the capital Nuuk with its icebergs. As the elves land on a hilltop after their long trek from the Faroes, they take in this spectacular scene. Both the Elf Girl and the Elf Brother are eager to soon find their sister, who traveled with Christian the 10th and Queen Alexandrine in 1921 to the world’s largest island and settled there.


At that time, it was the first encounter with Greenland for The King and The Queen as well as the Elf Sister. In the part of the city known as Old Nuuk, a stone monument was erected during The King and The Queen’s visit, and it has stood there ever since. The elves stop there while they recollect Christian the 10th’s narratives about the arrival at Nuuk – or Godthaab, as the city was then called. After a voyage through strong gales, the reception was overwhelming. Kayaks sailed out to meet the royals, there was dancing in the streets, and the Arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen showed up and waved from his ship, the Sea King.


It’s as if the elves can still feel the atmosphere, even though it was nearly 100 years ago. But there is no trace of their sister at the stone monument. They try at another monument erected in 1952, when Frederik the 9th and Queen Ingrid visited Greenland. The Elf Girl could not come along on that visit, because she had to attend her school back home in Copenhagen, just like Princess Margrethe had to. Both girls had to be content with hearing about the trip, which The King and The Queen recounted vividly when they were back home. And it was so vivid that both, even today, feel like they were along on the trip. Frederik the 9th and Queen Ingrid brought back three traditional Greenlandic costumes for their three daughters, and – suddenly, it dawns upon the Elf Girl where they can try to look for their sister …




The traditional Greenlandic costumes have put the elves on the trail of the Elf Sister. When they last saw her, she wore the costume adorned with glittering glass beads – in cardboard elf style, of course. So, the sister and brother have slipped into the costume-making workshop Kittat, which is located in a small warehouse at the old harbor in Nuuk. The workshop is a bit of living Greenlandic cultural history that honors this special form of craftsmanship. The work involved in making the traditional Greenlandic costume is so meticulous that the workshop only produces around three national costumes a year. The Greenlandic costume has roots that go all the way back to the beginning of the Inuit culture and, at that time, it consisted of fur, pants and boots. The Inuit got the fur pelts from trapped animals. When Europeans came to Greenland, they brought along clothing fabrics and glass beads, and these elements gradually became part of the attire.


The elves totally absorb themselves in the details of the labor performed at the workshop. It includes sealskin tanning, which partly involves scraping off fat with a traditional Greenlandic knife. This workshop was also where Her Royal Highness The Crown Princess had her Greenlandic national costume made in connection with the Crown Prince Couple’s wedding in 2004.


The elves get so absorbed that they completely forget to look for their sister. Suddenly, one of the seamstresses blurts out: “Juulimaaq” – which means Santa Claus – while she points up towards the snow-covered mountain Sermitsiaq. The elves need to get up there in a hurry – because now it’s only a week until Christmas Eve!

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In connection with the recent increase of COVID-19 in Denmark, the royal family’s Christmas and New Year’s plans have been adjusted.


Her Majesty The Queen will celebrate Christmas Eve at Marselisborg Palace together with Their Royal Highnesses Prince Joachim and Princess Marie and their two children, Prince Henrik and Princess Athena, as well as Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix. The original plan was that Her Majesty would celebrate Christmas Eve at Schackenborg Palace, but the holiday will instead be celebrated in Aarhus, where The Queen traditionally resides during the Christmas period.


The Crown Prince Family will still celebrate Christmas Eve in Frederik VIII’s Palace at Amalienborg.


The planned New Year’s levee at Christiansborg Palace on 4 January 2021 for the prime minister and certain other representatives of official Denmark is cancelled. Instead, Her Majesty The Queen will receive written New Year’s greetings from the levee participants.


As always, The Queen will deliver the New Year’s Address on 31 December 2020 at 18:00.

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I must honestly admit I can’t see those changes make that much of a difference.
We are told not to travel if possible.

Why don’t show a good example.

IMO a good example for the Danes had been the Queen staying in Copenhagen, maybe spend Christmas Eve with the CP family in Copenhagen and Prince Joakim and family of course stay in France. 

The comment section on the DRF’s social media show that people actually think it is irresponsible that neither the Queen nor Prince Joakim and family follow the Danish recommendations not to travel back and forth. The Crown Prince couple get a lot of positive feedback for setting a good example and people are sending them an extra thought now they are going to spend Christmas back home.


But okay, I'm a nurse and we are just really Corona-tired in the healthcare system.. I just humbly hope that people will please stay home this one Christmas.

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I agree. I have thought all along, that QM should stay in the Copenhagen area and spend her Christmas at Fredensborg, perhaps without even meeting the CPC.


I just discussed this with someone Danish. It's not just QM relocating from Copenhagen (Zealand) to Marselisborg (Jutland) which many experts have advised against
(not just for QM), it's also a LIW, an adjutant, PETs and the Royal Life Guard which will travel and be stationed at Marselisborg during her 10 day stay.


As for Joachim and family travelling to Denmark for the second time in about two months... I was a bit surprised to see so many people criticizing the plans

on DRF social media. You can't criticize QM....;)

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The Arctic wind is biting cold on top of the mountain Sermitsiaq, where the elves meet Santa Claus himself – or “Juulimaaq”, as he’s also called in these latitudes. He’s out for a walk in the snow to build up energy for the big evening that’s drawing closer and that all children look forward to with great anticipation.


However, it’s not Santa’s nine reindeer – Dancer, Prancer, Dasher, Vixen, Comet, Donder, Cupid, Blitzen and Rudolf – that have brought him up to the frigid mountaintop. Instead, it was a helicopter, because in Greenland nowadays, the tradition is that Santa Claus arrives at Queen Ingrid’s Hospital in Nuuk and hands out sweets and gifts to the city’s children. Unfortunately, the tradition can’t be celebrated this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but as Santa Claus says, “I’ll see to it that all children have something to look forward to anyway.”


Santa tells the two elves that the Elf Sister has been his helper lots of times. He says it has been a number of years since he last saw her, and it was at a place where “it sparkled marvelously”.  However, he can’t remember exactly where it was. “But it was possibly by a Christmas tree,” he says. He then offers the Elf Girl and the Elf Brother a lift in the helicopter to a small cabin where a Greenlandic Christmas tree is about to be decorated.





Santa Claus has set the two elves down by the most beautiful Greenlandic Christmas tree. A radiant star at the top of the tree spreads the perfect Yuletide atmosphere. But the branches are not of spruce, like the elves know from Denmark. Instead, they are juniper branches attached to a broomstick. This is a distinct tradition in Greenland, since the island does not have spruce trees. So, Greenlanders had to get creative when the custom of having Christmas trees spread. Therefore, a Christmas tree is called “orpiliaq” in Greenlandic, which means “a built tree”. In the workshop by the small cabin, the elves try to assemble an “orpiliaq” themselves.


In Denmark, on the Faroes and in Greenland, the custom of decorating a Christmas tree dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. One of the first Christmas trees described in the Royal Danish House is from 1866, when a spruce tree was decorated with candles in “The Blue Room” at Fredensborg Palace. Tables were set up beside it to hold gifts. People gathered around the Christmas tree for an hour before eating rice pudding and “æbleskiver” – baked dumplings – later in the evening.


Even though it’s cosy with a Christmas tree and the nice memories, the elves must face the fact that their Elf Sister is not there with them by the Christmas tree. All hope is nearly gone, they think, and tomorrow is the fourth Sunday of Advent. Time is running short. 

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Kendte.dk quoting Newsbreak.dk


Queen Margrethe insists on traveling to Jutland to celebrate Christmas.


The Royal House announces in a press release that the Christmas and New Year plans are being adjusted due to the COVID-19 situation. But it is not adapted so much, that they follow several experts' recommendations to limit travel activity around Christmas


One week ago, when the situation was even less serious than now, the advice from chief physician and professor Thomas Nielsen from Hvidovre hospital was: - If you can not come up with a really good reason to meet with your grandparents or elderly parents, you should probably not, he said to TV2. There is apparently no such good reason with the royal family, as Queen Margrethe is to celebrate Christmas with four of her grandchildren: Prince Henrik, Princess Athena, Prince Nikolai and Prince Felix.


In fact, the change from Møgeltønder to Aarhus means that the Queen is moving into a municipality with far more infected. Aarhus Municipality's incidence rate is five times as high as in Tønder Municipality. - If you are a family that usually doesn't see each other  that much, and some come from a highly infected area, you could of course consider whether you could have a slightly smaller Christmas, ihe director of the Statens Serum Institut Henrik Ullum said a week ago to TV2.


The Royal House has not wished to comment on the Queen's travel plans to Newsbreak.dk

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Then it finally came. Denmark's Crown Prince Family's annual Christmas greeting ❤️
One of my favorite moments during the year.
A personal, lovely, caring and very relatable Christmas greeting from our Crown Prince family, and dog, this year.

Crown Prince Frederik says:

"Today we light the last candle in the Advent wreath because it is the 4th Sunday in Advent.
It will be a different Christmas this year. Many of us cannot celebrate Christmas Eve with those we tend to be with.
No matter how we celebrate it, I hope you will find joy in the days to come, take care of each other and remember that we are soon moving towards brighter times.
My family and I will together like to send the warmest Christmas greetings to everyone. 

The CP family in chorus: Merry Christmas!"

Their Christmas greeting has already in 2 hours received thousands of loving greeting on both Facebook and Instagram.

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It is the fourth Sunday of Advent, and the Christmas hymn “Guuterput” emanates from the Greenlandic churches in towns and villages. Not for anything in the world will the elves miss hearing one of the most beloved hymns in Greenland. So, during a service at Hans Egede Church in Nuuk, they have disguised themselves as decorations on an Advent wreath. Here, a choir of more than 70 singers is assembled, and the elves listen with rapt attention from the front row – even though it’s dangerous when a cardboard elf is that close to flames.


Guuterput was composed in 1852 by Rasmus Berthelsen, who wondered what the angels sang for the shepherds when Jesus was born. He presented his take on this question, and today the song is near and dear to the hearts of many Greenlanders and a part of the land’s identity. The song is in a special form – a so-called inukkuut, which are songs that stem from drum songs. So, the melody and composition differ from that of Danish hymns.


The Elf Girl and the Elf Brother both feel that their encounter with the hymn is a marvellous moment. So, the Christmas journey, the sleigh, and all of the worries have to wait until tomorrow.




It’s the shortest day of the year, so the longest night lies ahead for all people, animals, and elves in Greenland. From the villages Narsarmijit to Ittoqqortoormiit and Siorapaluk to Nanortalik, the orange Greenlandic Christmas star shines in the dark from the windows and reflects in the snow outside the many homes. It’s this star’s big day in Greenland, and the elves have settled down in the starlight.  


In the sky, the stars Altair and Tarazed, which together make up Aassuutit, herald the coming of the light. According to Greenlandic legends, Aassuutit is the star that prevents the sun from sinking to the bottom and is therefore, this day, linked with a special energy. The elves have even heard that you can gain supernatural powers.

So, they decide to open The Queen’s Christmas gifts, which they have been told may only be opened if they need help. And they do need help to find the Elf Sister.


Among the Christmas gifts are some sparkling stars, which make the elves think about The Queen’s Christmas star. “Our guiding star, OF COURSE!” they say in unison.  So, the sleigh must take off and fly them over the ice-covered land. The Elf Sister will be found by a shining star.

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The shining star which The Queen put up in the elf home at Fredensborg Palace on 1 December has turned out to be a guiding star that will lead the elves to their sister in Greenland. This became abundantly clear yesterday after the elves opened the Christmas gift that The Queen placed in the sleigh before the journey. 


The Elf Girl and the Elf Brother must fly over the vast land with its multitude of mountains and hills to search for the star. In some places, it’s easier to use the sleigh as a sled, for example in Nuna Kunngissaq Frederik – Crown Prince Frederik Land, in English. That’s a region in North Greenland named after The Crown Prince after his sled trek with the Sirius Dog Sled Patrol in 2000.  


Suddenly, the Elf Girl catches a glimpse of a bluish gleam. Could that be …?




On the ice cap, a place people and elves seldom go to, the Elf Sister sits by the guiding star and enjoys the Arctic wind and the quiet. She has done this for nearly 100 years, except when she has helped Santa Claus or her Greenlandic counterparts called Iseqqat. Iseqqat are small creatures from Greenlandic mythology who are mischievous and hide in people’s storerooms. Sometimes they steal a little food or move things around – just like the Danish elves in many ways. So, the Elf Sister has not felt particularly alone all of the time she has been away.


“Have you come already?” exclaims the Elf Sister when she sees her two siblings. “Already?” they mutter. It appears that the Elf Sister has not grasped that so much time has passed. “One Christmas gets mixed up with another.  Of course, I have missed all of you. But I love living here and often get lost in my own elfin thoughts.”


But she will be more than happy to travel along to Denmark to celebrate Christmas Eve with their parents back at Amalienborg. They are, after all, Royal Danish House elves. Before the sleigh takes off, the Elf Sister gets an update about the line of royal succession since Christian the 10th and about the Christmas journey that Christian the 10th’s grandchild, The Queen, has sent the elves on and which is completed today – the day before Christmas Eve. The sleigh is made ready, and the three elves set out for Amalienborg. 

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On 12/20/2020 at 8:57 PM, JosephineDane said:

For now, Christmas services are allowed to take place, but it is up for debate often these days.

Still is, it seems.

QM is attending Christmas eve service at Aarhus Cathedral.




“It is a dilemma because if she chooses to set a good example to the people, she, as the head of the church, also chooses not to attend the most important day of the church.

There are conflicting considerations, ”


However, he also acknowledges that the Queen, no matter what she does, risks being met with criticism. Especially after she in the spring in a historic speech asked the people of the kingdom to show community spirit


"She should of course, be a role model, but if the head of the church stayed away and sent a signal to the people to do the same, people would ask, '

What is this?' No matter what she does, it can be criticized. "



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