Sure, we all know that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
is broadcast every year in the US as a Christmas tradition, and that Sweden basically closes every year from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. on December 24th to watch Donald Duck
, but what about other countries?
Germany joins the party by showing an obscure British comedy sketch called "Dinner for One"
) every year for New Year's Eve, famous enough that the phrase "The same procedure as last year?" will get you the response "The same procedure as every
year, James," and that the parody "Dinner für Brot" ("Dinner for Bread" — YouTube links
in German) was created with puppets, based on the original sketch.
Japan takes an approach less akin to Sweden and Germany's tradition of airing the same program year after year, instead opting for something more along the lines of the US's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve
, called Kouhaku Uta Gassen
("Red and White Song Battle" — Wikipedia link
), featuring two teams of competing musicans, divided by sex. The show is by invitation only, and is such a cultural touchstone that when Jero, the African-American enka singer
), was invited to perform at 2008's edition, there was hardly a dry eye in the audience when he talked about promising his late grandmother that he'd one day be famous enough to perform on Kouhaku
And of course, in the United States, who could forget the annual broadcasts of such traditions as It's a Wonderful Life, the Christmas Episode,
, Frosty the Snowman
(and its rather more poorly regarded '90s sequel, Frosty Returns
), and, naturally, 1984's A Christmas Story
, based on the novel by Jean Shepherd
A distinctly American cultural touchstone, it's been adapted from In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash
) into not only a movie, but also into numerous stage musicals
and a 30–second reenactment by animated bunnies
. The annual 24–hour marathon of a dozen nonstop showings of the movie for Christmas on TNT (and now TBS) has become famous, but this year it's got competition from one of the Swaziest movies ever made