December 15, 2012

In Sweden the word for a Christmas gift is Julklapp which literally means “Christmas knock.” This names comes from am old Swedish custom whereby the Christmas gift givers would knock on doors, toss in their gifts then run away. Legend also states these mysterious packages might also have been delivered by the Yule Goat!

Traditional bigger gifts were exchanged on New Year’s Day and Christmas Eve was saved for smaller gifts or tokens, or Julklapp. Not only did people try to run away before their identity was discovered, oftentimes clues to who the gift-giver was was written on the wrapping paper. Sometimes the real gift was hidden within a fake gift, like a ring inside a cake, trick pacakaging, or scavenger clues to where the real present was hidden, were given. The more time people spent on figuring out the present’s secrets, the more successful the gift was considered to be!

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