Sagan om Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton

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Sagan om Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton
Directed by Per Åhlin
Written by Tage Danielsson
Starring Tage Danielsson
Per Andrén
Toivo Pawlo
Marianne Stjernqvist
Åke Fridell
Catrin Westerlund
Release dates
  • 24 December 1975 (1975-12-24)
Running time
23 minutes
Country Sweden
Language Swedish

Sagan om Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton (English: Christopher's Christmas Mission) is a 1975 Swedish animated short film directed by Per Åhlin, adapted from Tage Danielsson's short story of the same name, telling the tale of a boy who steals Christmas gifts from the wealthy to give to the poor people of Stockholm while working in a post office on Christmas Eve. The film has gained huge popularity in Sweden, and is broadcast every Christmas Eve on Swedish and Norwegian national television. It is also often shown on Christmas Eve by FST in Finland.

The film was dubbed to English into 1987, with Bernard Cribbins as the voice-over.



A Swedish debate about the tale's moral nature has sparked every few years ever since SVT started broadcasting it annually, with critics arguing that it is too political and that stealing isn't really on par with traditional Christmas spirit. Danielsson's response was that it is only a fairy tale and shouldn't be overanalyzed.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Stymne, Joakim (2005-12-14). "Tyko Jonssons julafton" (in Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  2. ^ Skarin, Anna (2008-12-25). "Blondinbella: Karl-Bertil Jonsson är dåtidens AFA" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  3. ^ Flakierski, Gregor (2008-12-18). "Den alternativa julens Kalle Anka" (in Swedish). Flamman. Retrieved 2009-06-11. [dead link]

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