In addition to my NFDA role, I recently began my term as U.S. Vice President for the Rebild National Park Society. As with all organizations, the last year has been a difficult one for Rebild. First, after months of planning, last spring’s U.S. Rebild conference in March was canceled. Then came the cancellation of the 4th of July festival in Denmark. Since the organization began in 1912, this event has never been canceled other than during World War I and II. Now, the March 2021 conference has been postponed, moving it to October 2021. By then, we hope we can finally gather safely for the joyous Danish American events we all adore.
Also unusual are plans for the coming holiday season. Many organizations are planning virtual holiday events using Zoom and other technologies. There is little doubt that churches will live stream Christmas Eve services this year. I have attended some live gatherings in the last few weeks. However, I have found that even when following the protocols of wearing masks, practicing social distancing, using hand sanitizers and other regulations, I could never feel 100% comfortable. Hygge is hard to come by this year.
In general, the feeling of the Rebild board of directors is that a vaccine will be readily available in the U.S. and Denmark by next summer and hopefully before July 4th, most will have access to a vaccine. Meanwhile, we must all continue to act responsibly.
As this year slowly progresses, we dearly miss our family and friends more and more. We tire of pandemic-imposed precautions. We know that maintaining them will be especially difficult during the holidays. So let us not abandon hope. Let us be optimistic that by 2021, our normal lives with begin to return. As I saw recently “We isolate now, so when we gather again, no one is missing”. Med Venlig Hilsen - Bruce
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