Huzzah! to the Kringle Royals!
This year's World Santa Claus Congress at Bakken would have featured a significant milestone: the 25th Anniversary Gathering of das Dansk Julemands Laug --- the Danish Santa Claus Guild. As we explained earlier in "King of the Kiddies, Revisited," 24 Very Important Santas and their Helpers have been bestowed with an honor reserved for a chosen few. What follows is a visual tribute to the finest Clauses to be honored with the regalia of the Kringle Royals of the World Santa Claus Congress. Enjoy!
1996:Ole Lundgaard,Founder of das Dansk Julemands Laug.
1997:Erik Hansen,who dedicated his reign to Santa's mind and heart.
1999:Anne-Lise Hansen,who wrote birthday cards to all the Guild's members.First of the "Kringle Queens."
2000:John Just,who launched the Guild's initiative of staging Christmas Tree Partiesfor Denmark's disabled and/or disadvantaged children.
2001:Frank Clausen,who prepared the Guildfor its first-ever visitto the Barrels' Christmas Market.
2003:Kjeld Kristensen,who coordinated the first Christmas Tree Partyfor the children of the Jyllander region.
2004:Kurt A. Hansen,member of the Guild's Board of Directors.
2005:Jorgen Jespersen,the Guild's Secretary of the Board of Directors;also chosen "for his duties as one of the Guild's standard-bearers."
2006:Henrik Jacobsen,Alderman of the Guild,for his tenure with the groupduring which he founded its Gnome Guild,as well as designing the local hospital's official teddy bear.
2007:Peter Gislund,for planning and coordinating the Guild's 2008 Annual General Meeting;and for making arrangementsfor all who attended the event in his hometown of Skagen.
2008:Peter Norgaard,"who always kept the entertainment top-notch!"
2009:Olavi Niikanoff,for his years of involvementwith Christmas Tree Parties for those childrensuffering from diabetes and other afflictions.
2010:Anne-Lise Hansen-Jacobsen,who launched a separate Christmas Guild in 1994,and has since remained active in the parent Guild's activities.Third of the Kringle Queens.
2011:Villy Brinkbaek,the Guild's longtime Deputy Alderman,and veteran of its Board of Directors.
2012:"Gorm" Bjelke Sandstrom,for his own distinguished contributions to the Guild.
2013:Allan Hendley,President of das Dansk Julemands Laug,and member of its Board of Directors.
2014:Helle Jacobsen,wife of Henrik, collector of Kringle trinkets;member of the Guild's Board of Directors; fourth of the Kringle Queens.
2015:Tina Brinkbaek,daughter of Villy,fifth of the Kringle Queens;member of the Guild's Board of Directors.
2016:Leif Boyer,member of the Guild's Board of Directors.
2018:Simon Andersen, alias Simon Brons,youngest Kringle to be crowned King of the Kiddies;"chosen for his performance as Santa,along with serving as a Guild banner-bearer."
2019:Michael Koed,for organizing Christmas Tree Partiesfor kids who won't have the chance to share Christmas magic,along with helping his hometown of Tonderorganize their Christmas Village.
Unpictured:from 1998, Jorgen Rosland,founding publisher of the Guild'smembers-only Magazine;and from 2002, Ase Davidsen,Treasurer of the Guild,and second of the Kringle Queens.
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