An Urban Christmas Saga

by Rebecka Gordan

As the wolf winter settles, the Swedes turn to home-felt traditions. Since 1975 we have watched the tale of "Christopher's Christmas Mission" on Christmas Eve, broadcasted by our public television and written by the beloved author and late film director Tage Danielsson. The short film tells the story of a young Stockholm boy who admires Robin Hood and his mission: to take from the rich and give to the poor. As in all tales, there is a message embedded. Whether that is on the irony of consumerism, the naivety of charity, the tragedy of city divides or simply the changes that can be made with a warm heart, is up to the viewer to decide. Enjoy the 23 minute piece here, and Happy Holidays!

Credits: Film still by illustrator Per Åhlin


  1. Thanks for the reference! I'd never heard of this movie, but it was fun to watch.

  2. I am glad you liked it! I think I've seen it almost every Christmas as long as I can remember... I wonder if there are such strange traditions in all countries? Or is it only Sweden, with its long public service television tradition perhaps?


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