What does Kalle Anka (Donald Duck) need to do with Christmas? As a beginner, you might be excused from being nicely-versed in lots of Sweden’s Christmas traditions. We suspect nevertheless, that this subsequent one will come as fairly a shock!
At 3pm on Julafton (Christmas Eve) for one hour, life throughout Sweden is paused. Families sit collectively glued to a program that generations have been watching since 1959. This exhibits’ cultural significance can’t be overstated.
Watching the Walt Disney particular, “From all of us, to all of you” is without doubt one of the three hottest TV occasions of the 12 months, with a staggering 40-50% of the inhabitants tuning in. It’s as a lot part of a Swedish Christmas as having a Christmas tree!
To offer you a heads-up this isn’t only for children, age actually doesn’t matter. Another unwritten rule is that no one eats or prepares dinner throughout this hour. In reality, most households’ total Christmas eve will likely be deliberate round Kalle Anka. No julbord or visits from Tomten (Santa) till after the present!
The historical past of Kalle Anka in Sweden
Back in 1959 Sweden actually had one TV channel. Christmas was the one alternative to see Disney or, actually, some other cartoons. Norway, Denmark and Finland additionally share this custom making it a very Nordic phenomenon.
Over the years, any makes an attempt or ideas to cancel the present or alter the occasions has all the time been strongly opposed. We consider this custom is right here to remain!
So, a phrase of warning newbies. Even when you don’t watch yourselves,…
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