Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Christmas Traditions – The Pickle

This is one of those odd traditions that no one seems to know why it is even a “thing”.

Once upon a time (as all good stories start) in the 1880s, Woolworths imported glass Christmas ornaments from Germany. Many of these ornaments were in the shape of a variety of fruits and vegetables, including the pickle. This was supposedly because (and again, as all good stories go) the Germans hung the pickle on the tree last, and the first imp in the morning to find the pickle got an extra present.

Funny thing is, not a single German had ever heard of such a silly story.

This has not stopped a single person who believes in Christmas pickles to stop putting them on the tree and following the not-real tradition of giving extra gifts to the first child to find it in the morning.

Since I am telling tall tales, here is another one or two.

A prisoner of war during the Civil War who had been born in Germany was starving. A soft-hearted guard gave the man a pickle, who then was given the will and strength to live by just eating a pickle. There is never any mention as to what side of the war he was on or whether it was a dill or a sweet gherkin. Or even how Christmas even fits into the story! The questions left to ponder on that story far outweigh the question of the pickle in the first place.

Another swell story involves two Spanish boys traveling home from boarding school when they stopped at an inn for the night. The innkeeper killed them and stuffed them in a pickle barrel. St. Nick was making his rounds and asked for a pickle. He discovered the boys and miraculously brought them back to life.
I told you they were tall tales.

Truth be known, it was probably some traveling salesman with too many darn pickles to sell who made up the story and created the strange tradition.

What really matters is that there are gifts to be given to everyone no matter whether they find the pickle first or not. We are here to show you some of the fine handmade gifts that you can give to your family and friends.

Green Verdigris Dragonfly Earrings

Victorian Style Treasures 

Handmade woven scarf

Andrea Designs 

Snowman Christmas Garland




Green Red Swarovski Christmas Earrings, Holiday Jewelry Ornament Gift

Shadow Dog Designs 

John Deere 317 Garden Tractor and 49 Snowblower Handmade Birch Wood With A Scroll Saw

Kevs Krafts 

Baby Boy Set, 4-Piece Set, 0-3 months, Afghan - Sweater - Booties – Hat

Crafting Memories 1 

Cat Lampwork Green Jade Aventurine Jasper Copper Long BOHO Necklace

Kats All That 

Hemlock Pagoda with Willow and Evergreen

Colleen Cornelius 

Wood Bracelet for Men or Unisex

Pretty Gonzo 

Spring Leaf Coaster Set of 3 in Greens

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Crocheted Irish Knit Sweater &Headband Deep Sage Infant 12 18mo

Magdalene Knits 

Buckeye Burl Resin

Exotic Wood Jewelry And

Green Crystal Earrings

The Singing Beader 

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads, Nile Green Teal Dots Spree Shiny

Covergirl Beads 

Green and Yellow Handmade Polymer Clay Beads Focal 30mm

Blue Morning Expressions 

In addition to these fantastic gift selections, each of these artists have their own shops filled with more gift ideas, so be sure and stop and shop with each one.

If you see  something you like, buy it now or forever lose it as handmade gifts sell out quickly!

Shop from these additional countdowns and pages:
Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 1
Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 2
Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 3
Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 4
Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 5
Countdown to Christmas 2019 Week 6

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  1. Had to laugh at the way you told the pickle at Christmas story! As far as I can remember back as a child, we always hung a hand blown glass German pickle ornament on the tree. But my parent failed to tell us about the "extra present" deal. Now I feel cheated - LOL! DH and I have a beautiful German glass pickle in our Christmas box (: Whatever the tall tale, the Christmas pickle is fun. As are all the beautiful green items you chose to feature today. Many thanks for adding my earrings into the mix. Pinning all and tweeting most. Treats to the Sweet Harry from Ever Watchful Moose. Thanks again.

  2. This was so fun to read, Julie! Plus, showing a variety of handmade green gifts was clever. Thanks so much for including my green crystal earrings! I shared each item to Pinterest and Facebook at The Singing Beader. I also shared the blog on FB. I want a dill pickle now. :)

  3. Beautiful selections, Julie. Thank you for including my Baby Boy Sweater Set. Shared all. Treats to Harry from the gang.
    Also, thank you for the laugh with the fun pickle story this morning. I needed it.

  4. Thanks Julie for the laugh. I had no idea about how the pickle ties into Christmas. I learn something new everyday. Beautiful selection of green items. Thanks again !

  5. I am still giggling thinking about all the pickle stories. I myself often wondered why I would see pickle ornaments here and there. Thank you for the great read. And thank you for including my cat lampwork tassel necklace. Will be sharing all here!!

  6. I didn't know about the pickle stories, but a friend who makes ceramics starting making pickle necklaces.

    Shared all to

    Thanks for including my green agate necklace.

  7. Thank you Julie for another wonderful and interesting traditional Christmas story. I never heard about the Pickles on Christmas Trees. Love that you carried the green of the pickle to the wonderful green featured items. Promoted all!

  8. Thank you Julie for including my photography in this wonderful post

  9. Julie,
    What interesting and fun story! Thank you for including my woven green alpaca scarf in your beautiful collection of amazing handmade creations. All the items were shared in twitter @AndreaDesigns1

  10. Thanks so much Julie and Harry! Love all the green gift ideas. Thanks for including my spree lampwork beads.

  11. Thanks so much, Julie and sweetie Harry! I've always wondered about the Christmas pickle. I had German relatives, and I never heard a word about such a tradition, although I did hear plenty of Christmas carols. :)

    Will be pinning everything to my Countdown board at Pinterest, and doing some tweeting. (Sorry to be behind! I'm rather behind in general these days, and just when I was ready to do promoting on Halloween, our energy went out - we were having a bad wind storm - and stayed out until this afternoon.)

    Hope everyone had a fun Halloween! Onward to Thanksgiving! Happy sales!

  12. What a riot of a story - never knew about any tradition about the Pickle! Great collection of Handmade in Green - thanks for sharing my "RSS Designs In Fiber" Leaf Coasters in Greens!