Sweden’s Bizarre Donald Duck Christmas Obsession

Slate has a report on Sweden’s bizarre Christmas tradition: watching Donald Duck cartoons.

Every December 25th, approximately half of the nation sits down in front of the television to watch Kalle Anka och hans vänner önskar God Jul (“Donald Duck and his friends wish you a Merry Christmas”). The special has been aired on TV1, Sweden’s main public television channel, each Christmas Eve since 1959 without commercial interruption:

The show’s cultural significance cannot be [over]stated. You do not tape or DVR Kalle Anka for later viewing. You do not eat or prepare dinner while watching Kalle Anka. Age does not matter—every member of the family is expected to sit quietly together and watch a program that generations of Swedes have been watching for 50 years. Most families plan their entire Christmas around Kalle Anka.

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  • http://holtza.deviantart.com/ Holtza

    It's the 24th. ;)

    And yeah, it's a pretty weird tradition. But it's nice.

  • tom

    Donald Duck? Why not! The USA has that scumbubble Donald Trump, run with it I say.
    I visit this website everyday. That and The Huffington Post

  • emperorreagan

    I <3 cartoons. They’re the best part of the Christmas season.

  • emperorreagan

    I <3 cartoons. They're the best part of the Christmas season.