Published: 18-12-2012, 04:41

Gifts: Julklapp


Roman Gifts

Medieval Gifts

Royal Gifts

Gifts: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Gifts

Gifts: Saint Nicholas’s Day Gifts

Gifts: Boxing Day Gifts

Gifts: German Christmas Gifts

Gifts: Santa Claus, Christmas Trees, and Gifts

Gifts: Conclusion

Another old tradition of Christmas gift giving comes from Sweden. The Swedes called these gifts Julklapp, which means “Christmas knock.” This name comes from an old Swedish custom whereby Christmas gift givers would knock on doors, toss in their gift, and run away. Recipients then tried to guess who had delivered the gifts. In addition, Julklapp usually arrived in some form of trick packaging. These surprise gifts added a dash of humor to the Christmas season.