I made sure years ago, that my daughters had a German pickle for their Christmas trees. Somehow, I did not have one for mine. This spring when The Trout and I were in the Black Forest of Germany, we stopped in a glass blowing factory. There on the counter where baskets of German pickles. I knew it was finally time for me to have my own.
In case you do not know about the pickle, let me tell you about it.
THE LEGEND OF THE PICKLE
A pickle used as decoration on a Christmas tree seems odd at first, but it is an old German tradition. It is customary to hide a pickle among the branches of the tree on Christmas Eve. The first child Christmas Day to find the Christmas pickle receives an extra gift! The reason for the different sizes of the pickle are for the age of the children. The largest pickle is for the toddler. As children grow up, the pickle size gets smaller.
Let there be no doubt, the pickle on my tree is the largest I could find. It is also already hanging on a branch. I am going to enjoy my German pickle all season. Merry Christmas.