Christmas Pickle Story?

Christmas Pickle was a children's story I read when I was young, and our teacher used to hang a pickle from the Christmas tree in the classroom. I can't remember what the pickle stood for.
my family has always had a pickle hanging on the tree at christmas time.
What is the story of the Christmas Pickle? What's the meaning of a pickle hanging on a christmas tree?

asked by Abel in Holidays | 2459 views | 12-18-2009 at 05:46 PM

It's actually an old-world tradition, usually stemming from Eastern European traditions where the peasants were too poor to afford shiny glass ornaments to hang on their trees for christmas.

The story starts in germany.

A very old Christmas eve tradition in Germany was to hide a pickle deep in the branches of the family Christmas Tree. The parents hung the pickle last after all the other ornaments were in place. In the morning they knew the most observant child would receive an extra gift from St. Nicholas. The first adult who finds the pickle traditionally gets good luck for the whole year. This Christmas pickle story, with a few minor variations, can be found all over the Web and in print inside the ornament package. It says that Germans hang a pickle-shaped glass ornament on the Christmas tree hidden away so it's difficult to find. The first child to find it on Christmas morning gets a special treat or an extra present.

answered by Riley | 12-18-2009 at 05:48 PM

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