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Denmark: Easter Eggs and Gækkebreve

by Sanne
Gækkebrev, Denmark

Around Easter, the kids in Denmark make letters with rhymes and riddles, so-called “gækkebreve”. A snowdrop is attached before the gækkebrev is sent to families and friends anonymously. Instead of your name, you just put dots, corresponding to the number of letters in your name.

If the recipient isn’t able to guess who has sent the letter within a stated timeframe, he or she has to buy the sender a chocolate egg. When I was a kid, I would sometimes receive 10 chocolate eggs or more. My sister Trine doesn’t like chocolate, so I would get all her chocolate eggs too, and sometimes, I would save the eggs for too long, so they would get this strange white, dusty layer.

Anyway, it’s such a fun tradition, so the other day, I decided to try my luck with a gækkebrev again. It’s been more than 20 years since I made my last gækkebrev, so I was a bit rusty and I accidentally cut through some of the paper edges (which weren’t meant to be cut through), but hopefully, I can still use it to cash in an egg or two?

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