No, the Christmas pickle isn't a recipe for a particular kind of pickle served at Christmas. Instead it's a Christmas ornament, and here's what it's all about.
According to old German folklore, the Christmas pickle was the last ornament to be placed on the tree when the Christmas tree was decorated. In those days it actually wasÂ a real pickle! The child who found the pickle on Christmas Day was said to be amply blessed throughout the coming year.
I had never heard of a Christmas pickle until just a few years ago. A friend of mine was astonished that there was no Christmas pickle on our tree. In her family, she hides the pickle when the tree is first decorated, and every few days she hides it in a different spot for good measure. Whoever finds the Christmas Pickle on Christmas Day gets to open the Pickle Present. There is one present underneath the Christmas tree for the whole family to enjoy together; maybe a board game or gift certificate to go out to breakfast. That is the Christmas pickle present.
We started observing the Christmas pickle tradition, and it's the one gift I have yet to purchase for Christmas. Of course today's Christmas pickles are glass ornaments. The notion of a rotting pickle hanging from our Christmas tree isn't all that appealing!
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from New Hampshire, who has the Christmas pickle presently well hidden on her Christmas tree! Visit Kim's site at http://www.kimberlyripleywrites.com.