Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Pickle, Part two

Ok folks. I received this from Gaby:
Einschies stitching blog said...
This is soo funny ro read...ähem, I am German but never heart about that tradition and I am not sure what a pickle is??? Can you descibe it????

Gaby

So I did some more investigating. What did I find? Well according to Wikipedia, along with some other sources, I found this:

Christmas Pickle

A Christmas pickle ornamentThe Christmas pickle is a pickle-shaped ornament hidden in the tree. The child who finds it first on Christmas morning receives an extra present. While the Christmas pickle is believed to be a German custom, it is fairly unknown in Germany but widely spread across the USA. In fact it is completely of American origin. [1]

So what I thought was a nice German tradition, was actually a hoax. But it has become my tradition. And I will continue the tradition, but probably will leave the German part off!

7 comments:

Cyndi said...

Tell Gaby a pickle is a gurken. I think she didn't understand the word pickle.

Carolyn NC said...

Too funny! It's still a good tradition!

Einschies stitching blog said...

lol....I know what mixed pickles are and meanwhile I also think i understood a pickle shaped ornament is meant,-))) I really like the idea of doing something like that for the kids, but I also would be afraid my tree will be damaged*smile*

Thx for searching for more info Donna;-))

Gaby

Emily said...

Interesting, sounds like fun though

Cindy F. said...

Very interesting:) Thanks for sharing this fun fact!

Meari said...

I've never heard of the Christmas Pickle either!

Louisiana Momma said...

that's funny.. sound like a cute game for the kids though.. I agree with what someone else said - might be dangerous if you have breakable ornaments on the tree..