I know I am in the minority when it comes to this, but I REALLY LIKE how often Danes use "Dannebrog" to celebrate something. I think it is an awesome concept that above and beyond being a symbol of national pride, it is a symbol of celebration. Whether it is a grocery store decked out in flags that is celebrating its 50th birthday.....or a group of gymnasium teachers celebrating their students' achievements..... a town celebrating all the confirmations that are being held on that day.....
a school honoring its graduates....or folks greeting their recently arrived visitors at the airport, you always know when you pass a Dannebrog, that SOMETHING or SOMEONE is being celebrated and it makes you feel great!
And the coolest part of how much I like this tradition is that my American friends have even taken it up! My last birthday cake in the US had a Dannebrog on it, and the first time all of my friends got to meet Mads, we celebrated with Dannebrog Rice Krispie Treats!
I honestly get a little put out when folks complain about how much it bugs them when they see the Dannebrog flying and about how much they hate to see it on every single birthday cake and at every single party.... In my opinion, if something stands for a CELEBRATION, it's got to be great! It's sort of like listening to some good music... you just cannot help but smile and feel GREAT when you see it!