There is a German Christmas pickle ornament that has been known since the 1890s. It got started in Germany and now is still a tradition that many people continue. Although there are some different versions of the ¨pickle legend¨, one of them is that you hide a pickle [ornament] deep in the family Christmas tree. The parents hang the pickle after all the other ornaments are already on the tree, and in the morning the child who finds it first gets an extra present from St. Nicholas. The first adult who finds it traditionally gets good luck for the whole year. Children will also make wishes before they go to bed of wishing for the pickle ornament.
People who are very familiar with German Christmas traditions sees the flaws. One of them being that St. Nick does not show up on Christmas or Christmas eve; he usually only comes on the 5th or 6th of December. Also, German children do not open presents on Christmas day. Another problem that has come up is that not many people living in Germany have ever heard of it; it seems to be more of a German-American tradition. Whoever came up with it, this tradition adds some fun to Christmas morning!
Story by Olivia Crosson