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TotalANXiousNE
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Does anyone else hang a pickle on the Christmas tree?

My grandparents used to do it, but we never did.

Think I will this year. giggle

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Reply #1 posted 12/01/10 9:00am

Nothinbutjoy

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lol

I don't hang a pickle on the Christmas tree, nor have I ever known anyone who has.

Is this some quaint old world tradition, or do your grandparents have some family story behind it?

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Reply #2 posted 12/01/10 9:02am

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Crack one hell of a drug. lol

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Reply #3 posted 12/01/10 9:09am

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Never heard of this. hmm

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Reply #4 posted 12/01/10 9:13am

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It's an old German tradition...

The "pickle" is a glass pickle-shaped ornament. The first person to find it hidden in the branches on Christmas morning supposedly received good luck for the year.

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....duh, people...

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Reply #5 posted 12/01/10 9:24am

Mach

Yes ~ and as a kid we had a beautiful hand blown glass one on the tree as well

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Reply #6 posted 12/01/10 9:25am

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I do. We got one when we spent Xmas in Germany about 10 years ago. Been doign it ever since.

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Reply #7 posted 12/01/10 9:34am

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johnart said:

I do. We got one when we spent Xmas in Germany about 10 years ago. Been doign it ever since.

I will not say anything about johnart and his love of pickles...

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Reply #8 posted 12/01/10 9:38am

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Genesia said:

johnart said:

I do. We got one when we spent Xmas in Germany about 10 years ago. Been doign it ever since.

I will not say anything about johnart and his love of pickles...

because you don't have to

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Reply #9 posted 12/01/10 9:56am

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CallMeCarrie said:

It's an old German tradition...

The "pickle" is a glass pickle-shaped ornament. The first person to find it hidden in the branches on Christmas morning supposedly received good luck for the year.

smile

....duh, people...

wink

ahh, there u have it! never heard of that one & it's very quirky. a reminder of when xmas seemed so uncomplicated. obviously the op grandparents were extreme pickle hangers, no fancy ornaments involved! cool.

i think it's really lovely to keep xmas family traditions alive, (that excludes dumping oneself on the rellies, arguing over dinner & punch up after tea)

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Reply #10 posted 12/01/10 10:15am

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Interesting tradition. Our neighbors in Cleveland were German, and it's something I never picked up from them.

They did, however, follow the old German tradition of decorating their tree with dozens of real wax candles, which they lit on Christmas Day. I'd never seen that before either. It was one of the most beautiful tree decor effects I've ever seen, even if a bit scary. timeout They'd only leave the candles lit for 10 minutes or so, while we sang a song, toasted, etc.

Ὅσον ζῇς φαίνου
μηδὲν ὅλως σὺ λυποῦ
πρὸς ὀλίγον ἐστὶ τὸ ζῆν
τὸ τέλος ὁ χρόνος ἀπαιτεῖ.”
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Reply #11 posted 12/01/10 10:19am

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Lammastide said:

Interesting tradition. Our neighbors in Cleveland were German, and it's something I never picked up from them.

They did, however, follow the old German tradition of decorating their tree with dozens of real wax candles, which they lit on Christmas Day. I'd never seen that before either. It was one of the most beautiful tree decor effects I've ever seen, even if a bit scary. timeout They'd only leave the candles lit for 10 minutes or so, while we sang a song, toasted, etc.

eek I would leave a fire extinguisher with a bow on it on their damn doorstep every single year.

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Reply #12 posted 12/01/10 11:09am

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Reply #13 posted 12/01/10 11:22am

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YES!!

Lets all do it this year! woot!

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Reply #14 posted 12/01/10 11:27am

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I've heard of kissing the pickle, but not this.

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Reply #15 posted 12/01/10 11:33am

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Nah, we hang little . . .

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Reply #16 posted 12/01/10 11:51am

Lisa10

Never done it, but i'm strangely drawn to the idea. What kind of pickle? If it's gherkins there could be trouble... I'm addicted to them and they wouldn't last 5 minutes.

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Reply #17 posted 12/01/10 12:20pm

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I lived in Germany for 3 years and never heard of this tradition.

Cool though. lol

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Reply #18 posted 12/01/10 8:14pm

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hmmm I've heard of hide the pickle, but THAT'S another story.

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Reply #19 posted 12/01/10 8:27pm

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kewlschool said:

hmmm I've heard of hide the pickle, but THAT'S another story.

lol

No. Never heard of the tradition. But I had seen the glass pickle ornaments and done a hmm Makes sense now.

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Reply #20 posted 12/01/10 8:31pm

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Nothinbutjoy said:

I lived in Germany for 3 years and never heard of this tradition.

Cool though. lol

Lived there for 10yrs. (total) and NEVER heard of this... now the lit candles we did all the time though, that truly is a stunning effect!

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Reply #21 posted 12/01/10 10:41pm

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I have heard of this. Hallmark put a talking one out this year..

lol

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Reply #22 posted 12/01/10 11:13pm

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I just asked my wife who was born & raised in Cologne, Germany. NEVER HEARD OF IT! hmph!

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Reply #23 posted 12/02/10 3:53am

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RenHoek said:

I just asked my wife who was born & raised in Cologne, Germany. NEVER HEARD OF IT! hmph!

^ hmmm The Great Pickle Conspiracy

I know! Let's see how many perishables we can persuade them to put on their tree. . .

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Reply #24 posted 12/02/10 5:08am

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I thought this was a sex thread. sigh

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Reply #25 posted 12/02/10 6:11am

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XxAxX said:

RenHoek said:

I just asked my wife who was born & raised in Cologne, Germany. NEVER HEARD OF IT! hmph!

^ hmmm The Great Pickle Conspiracy

I know! Let's see how many perishables we can persuade them to put on their tree. . .

lol

Sorry Ace. You can make it one if you want. shrug

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Reply #26 posted 12/02/10 7:32am

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Oh yeah we have a beautiful glass pickle with crystals on it.

Didn't know it was a German custom though, I think someone found the pickle in a Christmas store and the story came in the box.

We hide it on the tree and the first child to find it gets an extra small present. This year will probably be a fight because we have a lot of kids coming to stay for Christmas.

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Reply #27 posted 12/02/10 10:10am

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If I am not mistaken,there are also other food type ornaments that are supposed to have a similar story or tradition that goes with them. hmmm

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Reply #28 posted 12/02/10 10:12am

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Reply #29 posted 12/02/10 11:22am

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TD3 said:

Nah, we hang little . . .

LittleLiquors

OMG, I'm going to start doing this.



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