Introducing a fantastic Danish children’s tradition. Around Easter, Danish kids start making “gækkebreve” (fools letters) which are anonymous letters to the people they love (parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts).
Cut a piece of paper into a rectangle (use any colour you like). Fold it over as triangles a couple of times. Keep the paper folded and cut little shapes out with scissors to give the “gækkebrev” a beautiful and fun look (the papercutting doesn’t need to be advanced to look great – any kid with a pair of scissors do it in Denmark). When the cutting is done the letter can be decorated with pressed spring flowers (Danish tradition is to use snowdrop flowers).
Now comes the “gække” (fools) part of the “gækkebrev”: The letter must contain a little rhyme to taunt the recipient and it must be signed with the senders “name” written in symbols – not letters. So if your kid’s name is Blake simply sign with 5 symbols (dots, stars or whatever). Like so: My name is spelt with a dot, dot, dot, I wonder why made this funny plot (signed with five dots: . . . . . ). Or like this: My name has gone away, can you guess it jay or nay? (signed with the number of dots to match the number of letters in your kid’s name). Or like this: My name is written in hearts, come on let’s test your smarts (signed with the number of hearts that matches your kid’s name). Just use your imagination.
If the recipient cannot guess who has sent the letter before Easter Monday, the recipient must give the sender a chocolate Easter egg. If the recipient guesses who the sender is, it is the sender who must give the recipient a chocolate Easter egg.
Here is a quick guide to making “gækkebreve” The Creative Cloud gækkebreve