Sunday, December 24, 2017

Donald Duck Qua Swedish Christmas Eve Tradition. Quack.

I'm half Swedish and also a great fan of Donald Duck and extended family: Huey, Dewey, Louie, Daisy Duck, Uncle Scrooge. When I was a kid, Swedish Christmas Eve was wildly traditional in our household and actually enjoyable. But there was no Svenska Donald at that point, that we knew of. Now there is, at least in Sweden and granted I was in N.Y. or California, so who knows, but a Duck tradition can only improve an already sparkling day.

From Atlas Obscura:

Every year since 1959, at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, the 1958 special Kalle Anka och hans vänner önskar God Jul (Donald Duck and His Friends Wish You a Merry Christmas, in English) is screened on Sweden’s main public television channel, TV1. Known in English as From All of Us to All of You, this hour of Disney mayhem is hosted by Jiminy Cricket, who leads viewers through about a dozen “Christmas cards” that open to reveal shorts, film clips and other cartoons dating from the 1930s through the 1960s. For decades Sweden only had two channels, and this was the only time of year when people could watch Disney animation or American cartoons on television. And the tradition stuck. Swedes are so compelled by the cartoon that last year during the program, cell data usage fell 28 percent and calls to emergency services dropped 16 percent, reports the Local.

Here's the full article: In Sweden, There Is No Christmas Without Donald Duck

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