The Tradition of the Christmas Pickle Ornament

November 28, 2018

Fran Lane

Most of us have seen pickle ornaments on Christmas trees or for sale during the holidays. The glass pickle ornament has a special meaning:

In the rich German tradition, the glass pickle ornament was the last ornament to be hung on a Christmas tree by mothers and fathers. Parents would decorate the Tannenbaum, a fir tree, and carefully hide the glass pickle ornament among all other ornaments on the Christmas tree. When the children saw the decorated tree for the first time, they scrambled to find the glass pickle ornament because the one who found it got a special Christmas present and could open their Christmas presents first!