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Enjoy An Old Holiday Tradition-The Christmas Pickle Ornament

Updated on June 3, 2014

The legend of the Christmas pickle is one of those Christmas tradition that has been passed down the generations of our family. After our Christmas tree is decorated for the holiday an adult in our family secretly hangs the Christmas pickle. The children then search the tree for the pickle and the first one to find it gets a special holiday gift. Many families use this tradition in their homes as part of their Christmas celebration.

The pickle is a fragile ornament usually made of hand blown glass. It may seem like a silly tradition, but is a common event in families descending from Germany as myth has it. The tradition as well as the pickle ornament were passed down from generation to generation. Until recently if you didn't own a pickle ornament they were very difficult to find. It seems that in the past glass ornaments were commonly in the shapes of fruits and vegetables.

Recently other so called old traditions have been revived along with all of the fun that goes along with them. Another popular tradition most of us have seen is the Elf on the Shelf, the story of Christmas tinsel, and many other lost traditions. For our family this tradition has been one that our children and then our grandchildren enjoy. It is something they look forward to each holiday season.

Not matter what the true story is about the pickle my family enjoys the search for the it on our tree. Recently these ornaments have become available and even if a family never owned a one the event can become a tradition. I love holiday events and believe your family will like this one for you holiday celebration.

Favorite Christmas Traditions

The Christmas Pickle
The Christmas Pickle

A Christmas Folktale Dedicated to all those who have wondered, "Why is there a pickle on our Christmas tree?" The Christmas Pickle reveals the Legend behind the Tradition of hiding a pickle ornament on the Christmas tree, and is sure to become a Christmas Classic! In this charming tale, you'll join Petra on a royal quest through the beautiful Prussian Kingdom of Vlassika. It's a heartwarming

The Elf on the Shelf, a Christmas Tradition
The Elf on the Shelf, a Christmas Tradition

The kit comes with an elf doll and a book. The book explains that Santa has sent an elf to watch over the children and the elf reports back to Santa each night. The kids get to decide the name for the elf together - this is a touch decision! You read through the book with your child, it explains all the rules, then each night you move the elf to a new spot. One of the rules is that the children cannot touch him - this is a great rule because although he's a sturdy doll, I think he might get loved out much too quickly if they were allowed! The author was so thoughtful to think of all these helpful rules.

Cobweb Christmas: The Tradition of Tinsel
Cobweb Christmas: The Tradition of Tinsel

All her life, Tante had heard tales about marvelous happenings on Christmas Eve. Animals might speak aloud. Bees might hum carols, or cocks crow at midnight. Tante wished she could witness a bit of Christmas magic, too.


The Legend of the Pickle

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    • Jerzimom profile image

      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 

      5 years ago from Mondovi, WI

      Now this is different! Pretty neat family tradition!

    • OhMe profile image

      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We have a Christmas Pickle and I have given many of them as gifts.

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      5 years ago

      My family has a Christmas pickle and I remember searching for it as a kids. I loved the gifts I won when I found it.


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