Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Remember When . . . You Hid the Pickle?

I thought I'd share a short little Christmas tradition today. =)

Every year, my mother-in-law takes my kids shopping for a Christmas ornament. And for the first couple years of this tradition, she would always get them one of the glass pickles you've no doubt seen. I'd never seen really paid attention to these before, but the kids thought they were awesome and of course asked for the why of it. My MIL explained that you kind of hide the ornament on the tree, and whoever spots it gets to open the first gift.

Some sites I'm scrolling through this morning claim that the tradition started with a real pickle. Kinda believable, since back in the early days of Christmas trees, food was used as decoration. Fruits and candies especially, but why not a shiny green pickle? (Okay, I hate pickles, so that wouldn't be a treat for me, LOL.) Interesting possibility though, eh?

But that only partly explained the why, right? I just looked up where this came from and found that it was a Victorian tradition. The story goes that back in the medieval days, a dastardly innkeeper trapped two poor (an apparently bothersome) children in a pickle barrel on Christmas Eve. St. Nick came along and heard them in there so set them free. They ran home and arrived just in time to share their family's feast. Perhaps with a pickle or two?

Regardless, my daughter's favorite ornament is her ballerina pickle. =) She loves it so much that it hangs in her room all year round.

What's your favorite Christmas ornament?

1 comment:

  1. I would LOVE to see a picture of this ballerina pickle LOL. I'd think the smell of a real one would kinda ruin that fresh Christmas tree smell (as much as I love pickles!).

    I love a little nativity ornament I got pretty early in my Christian celebrating - probably in 94 or 95. I can see it from here :). Fun and interesting post.

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