One of the absolute most important traditions for the Swedes happens every Christmas Eve at exactly three p.m. That’s when Swedish Channel One shows their Disney Christmas Cartoons. This show features Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Pluto, Goofy, Chip and Dale to name a few. And everyone, both children and adults, has to see it. Has to. It’s one of the most important Swedish traditions there is (seriously). When I tell people I’m flying to London on the 24:th, the first reaction is always the same:
But what about Donald Duck?
In every Swedish newspaper whenever they do an article about someone who has to work or is abroad on Christmas Eve, you can bet the article will be something like
“Instead of watching Donald Duck, Martin will be at work this Christmas. How does it feel, missing out on Donald Duck this year, Martin?”
And the best part is, it’s exactly the same every year. So since the age of maybe six, every Swede knows the whole show off by heart.