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Have you heard about the pickle?
Searching the beautifully decorated Christmas tree, looking for the glint of green glass sparkling amongst the branches. The excitement, the laughter, the joy, the anticipation. What is this glint of green sparkling in the tree? What is this object for which they search through the pine needles and decorations? The Old World Christmas pickle Christmas tree ornament, of course.
A Pickle in my Christmas tree, but why? For many families it is a tradition passed down from generation to generation. The joy of being the one to find the pickle amongst the green branches and decorations. Memories new and old of the fun and excitement. The laughter and the joy. Oh, and let’s not forget the extra gift.
Do you know the story? (Hint: It is printed on every pickle Old World Christmas sells.)
“Long ago when parents decorated the Christmas tree they hung the pickle ornament last, hiding it in the green boughs. When the children were allowed to view the tree, they would begin searching for the pickle ornament because they knew they would receive an extra gift for being the most observant.” And so, a tradition is born.
This tradition has made the pickle the top selling Christmas tree ornament every single year since Old World Christmas opened its doors nearly 40 years ago. Is the pickle a tradition in your family or do you have another ornament tradition? Please share your traditions with us.
I’m third generation German in this country and growing up we followed German traditions. I have asked my cousin who knew my Great-Grandparents and she had no idea about hiding a pickle. We all always had to get together Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and we did until the family grew out of 5he biggest house, and now we are spread all over the country and done of the older ones including myself do not remembering any of our parents or grandparents hiding a pickle in our trees. Little china dolls yes and everyone has one that their mothers pasted to a child.