December 2011 10,000 Fresh Voices Archives

The U.S. Postal Service reports that people are writing fewer and fewer letters. Americans are, of course, increasingly turning to e-mail, texting, Facebook and other forms of digital communication. But there’s at least one place in Minneapolis that still values the handwritten, personal note.

The Swedes like to think of themselves as changing with the times, except when it comes to holiday traditions. On Christmas Eve, for over 50 years, the entire country has gathered around their televisions to watch a one hour cartoon starring Donald Duck. Producer Susan Gray spoke with Ann Hildreth from the American Swedish Institute and Lena Norman from the University of Minnesota to learn why Donald Duck holds a special place in their hearts.