How to make a "gækkebrev"


A short presentation of the Danish easter tradition, the ‘gækkebrev’.

It involves sending a ‘teaser letter’ with a riddle.

The letter is cut out in white or colored paper and optionally decorated with snow drops (vintergækker in Danish).

This fine little paper cut-out often includes a little rhyme.

We Danes send the letters anonymously to our loved ones.

We sign the letters with small dots equal to the number of letters in the our name.

If the recipient guess who sent it, the recipient gets an Easter chocolate egg from the sender.

But if the recipient does not guess who sent it, he or she must give a chocolate egg to the sender.

The tradition is often used by children who sends the gækkebreve to their parents or grand parents – who never ever guesses who the sender is…