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December 5th, 2009 – Day Five

December 5, 2009

When they were young, my children raced down to the tree, hoping to be the one to find the pickle.  The pickle?  Don’t you have a pickle ornament on your tree?  In our family, the child who finds the pickle gets to pass out the gifts that morning of the 25th.  Where did the tradition come from?  Many people will say, “from Germany!”

Sorry, not so.  My grandma came to the United States from Germany when she was 13, and believe me, if they had a tree for Christmas, it didn’t have a pickle on it.  It did have candles that were lit for one evening, on the 24th, and had to be watched very closely.  They did receive gifts in their socks on the evening of December 5th, to be found on the morning of the 6th.  Sometimes an orange, which was an extravagant and uncommon treat.  There might be a small ball of yarn to be used to crochet a pot holder, or to practice stitches with.  If great-grandpa had time, he might have whittled a little toy from a piece of wood.  That was about it.

But definitely no pickle on the tree.  My research turned up no conclusive answers for the pickle quest.  It’s a nice tradition, however.

“Ha ha, I found it first!!”

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And don’t forget to hang your stockings tonight!!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Ali permalink
    December 5, 2009 11:09 pm

    That sounds like a fun tradition!

    Try it, you’ll like it!!

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