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Traditions are a way of bridging the gap between our past and present, paving the way for future generations to remember the importance of who we are and where we come from. Most families have some sort of holiday tradition that they follow, sometimes without ever knowing why or how it got started.

Explore nine Christmas legends with us in our Symbols of Christmas Series of ornaments in which we hope to share the meaning and symbolism from the past that continues today. Maybe you will start a new tradition with your family that will endure for generations!

The Symbols Of Christmas Series – Christmas Pickle

Christmas is a time in which family traditions come alive and every family celebrates the holidays in their own way. The first of the symbols of Christmas is the Christmas Pickle.

Symbols of Christmas - Christmas Pickle

Is The Legend Of The Christmas Pickle Fact or Fiction?

A legend that originates in Germany is about the Christmas Pickle. This ornament was hidden in the tree on Christmas Eve. In the morning, the family would gather around the tree trying to discover on what branch the pickle was hidden. The child who finds the pickle gets an additional gift. This tradition continues because it involves the whole family. And rather than rushing to tear open their presents, children spend their first moments on Christmas morning looking at the ornaments on the tree together.

Germans claim that the legend is unfounded and that they have never heard of such a thing. Yet Christmas Pickle ornaments are sold by the thousands every year! Most people now believe that this is an American tradition, paying homage to the original Christmas Pickle ornaments that were imported from Germany.

History Of Pickle Ornaments

This green vegetable has been known to be around since 2000 BC and is considered a condiment, snack and side dish. It even has its own day! National Pickle Day is celebrated every year on November 14th.

In the 1880s, the department store Woolworth’s, one of the original five and dime stores, started selling ornaments that were imported from Germany. Typically these glass ornaments were food designs and became extremely popular with consumers who loved hanging these unique decorations on their tree. It was a way to bring a little bit of Europe into their homes. The most cherished ornament was the pickle, which everyone coveted, which led to its official name The Christmas Pickle and fabricated legend.

It is hard to believe, but Berrien Springs, Michigan is known as the Christmas Pickle Capital of the World! Pickles are handed out to bystanders along the parade route during their annual Pickle Festival, held in early December. The reason is that they have an abundance of cucumber crops and therefore produce a wide variety of pickles such as chocolate covered sweet pickles.

Get Your Christmas Pickle Here!

Create a new family tradition with The Christmas Pickle from ChristmasOrnaments.com. Each pickle ornament comes with a hangtag to share the legend of the special ornament with you. The hangtag says, “Traditionally, German parents decorated the tree on Christmas Eve, hiding the pickle ornament in the tree last. Christmas morning, the first child to locate the pickle was rewarded with an extra gift.”

Whether you believe whoever finds Christmas Pickle should have an extra gift or will receive a year of good fortune, you can start a tradition with the symbols of Christmas series ornaments.

If you want to collect all of our Christmas Legends ornaments, check back here for links to the other ornaments as they become available on our website: Christmas Tree, Mistletoe, Candy Cane, Apple, Orange, Poinsettia, Partridge and Nutcracker.