The Tradition of "The Pickle"
We will begin where most stories do; with a.... pickle! The pickle ornament was considered a very special tree decoration by many families in Germany. There, the fir tree ("Weinachtsbaum") was traditionally decorated on Christmas Eve. For good luck, the pickle was always the last ornament to be hung on the tree with the mother and father hiding it in the green boughs among the other ornaments. When the children were allowed to view the splendor of the decorated tree on Christmas morning, they would gleefully begin searching for the pickle ornament. They knew that whoever found that special ornament first, would receive an extra little gift left by St Nicholas for the most eager child.
Today, some local German families in Fredericksburg continue the tradition of "The Pickle" and have adapted it in some ways. One twist includes that an adult hides it, and the first person to find it on Christmas morning is the first allowed to open a gift.
The Christmas Store family encourages you to find traditions like "The Pickle" to be apart of your family story.