Iceland’s radio Christmas greetings

Gerður G. Bjarklind, reading Christmas greetings for the 41st time …

Gerður G. Bjarklind, reading Christmas greetings for the 41st time this year. Photo: Eggert Jóhannesson

Anybody tuning into Iceland’s RÚV Radio 1 today cannot fail to happen across the traditional annual ‘Christmas Greetings’ programmes, where thousands of messages of peace on earth and good will are read out.

Taking up over 11 hours of the full day’s programming today, the Christmas greetings are a real fixture of Icelandic life on 23 December and an indispensable part of the Christmas experience for many.

This year, a record 3,300 greetings have been sent in for the team of six indefatigable broadcasters to read out. People from across the country have sent in their personal ‘Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’ messages for RÚV to read across the airwaves to their nearest and dearest – over 71,000 words in total.

Tune in to Radio 1 live here to catch one of the programmes today.

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