CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011
THE LEGEND OF THE CHRISTMAS PICKLE
Many, many years ago, when my son Nolan was recently returned from a post-doctoral position in Munich, Germany, he and his wife Tammy presented me with a German Christmas ornament, a pickle in a jar. I’ve had it out each holiday season since.
According to German tradition, the pickle brings good luck and was the last ornament placed on the tree. On Christmas morning the first child to find the gherkin was rewarded with an extra little gift by St. Nicholas. This tradition encouraged the children to appreciate all the ornaments on the tree, rather than hurrying to see what St. Nicholas had left for them.