Day 9

German Pickle Christmas Ornament

As a child, I grew up excited to be the one to find the secret hidden pickle ornament in our Christmas Tree. The finder of the pickle would win an extra special present for Christmas!
Here’s a brief (albeit questionable) German tradition on the Pickle ornament:
“A very old Christmas Eve tradition in Germany was to hide a pickle [ornament] 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.” Source

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