Elfster Releases Secret Santa: An Old Christmas Tradition with Some Modern Twists

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The article discusses the origins of Secret Santa, providing rules for how the game is played, and discusses variations that people enjoy.

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One of the oldest variations comes from the Swedish tradition called Julklapp (literally, “Christmas knocking”). This early December ritual involved knocking on a neighbor’s door, opening the door, and unceremoniously throwing a gift into the middle of the room.

Elfster has announced the release of their newest article: Secret Santa: An Old Christmas Tradition With Some Modern Twists.

"The roots of this holiday season tradition are found in 18th century Europe,” according to the company. “One of the oldest variations comes from the Swedish tradition called Julklapp (literally, “Christmas knocking”). This early December ritual involved knocking on a neighbor’s door, opening the door, and unceremoniously throwing a gift into the middle of the room.”

The article provides interesting facts on the history of secret santa and the different versions of this tradition. For example one of the newest versions is called Conspiracy Santa, in which a group engages in a plot to give an anonymous Christmas gift to a single person.

Sourced from multiple educational sources such as The Local and Medievalists.net, the article highlights how this old christmas tradition has evolved over the years.

To learn more about Secret Santa, visit Elfster here.

About Elfster:

Elfster is a free online Secret Santa organizer and social networking platform for gift giving. Founded by Peter Imburg, Elfster is serving over 17 million gift givers in more than 50 countries.

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